The parents of a University of Northern Colorado student, who was killed while texting behind the wheel, have released their son’s last text message, which he did not get to send before his fatal car crash.
Alexander Heit, 22, drifted into oncoming traffic in Greeley, Col., while texting an unidentified person. His car rolled off the road.
Witnesses claimed Heit’s head was down as he texted on his iPhone. On Wednesday, the Greeley Tribune published his last text, which read, Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw.
Greeley police said the oncoming motorist slowed down and pulled to the side, just as Heit looked up and jerked his steering wheel back over to the right.
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Authorities said he was not speeding at the time and his driving record was clean.
"In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you,” his mother Sharon Heit said.
"The Heits are sharing their tragedy and loss, in hope that through Alex's story, others may realize and recognize just how dangerous texting and driving is," Police chief Jerry Garner told The Greely Tribune.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured each day by distracted driving in the U.S.