"Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw-"
Drivers training instructors sometimes ask their students to look at the last text message they sent. Then ask themselves if that message would be worth dying for. College student Alexander Heit, 22, didn't get a chance to ask himself that question. Now his family is hoping his unfinished and unsent text, seen above, will serve as a warning to others.
Heit was driving through Greeley, Colorado earlier this month when he began to type out his final text. Before he had a chance to finish, tragedy interrupted. He realized he had drifted onto the wrong side of the road, overcorrected and lost control of the car. It veered off the highway, rolling and flipping until it came to a stop.
Heit survived the crash, but died in a hospital shortly afterward.
"Unfortunately, when we think to ourselves, 'I'll just do it this one time,' we are fooling ourselves,' police chief Jerry Garner told The Greeley Tribune.
Witnesses told police the Northern Colorado University student seemed to have his head down when his vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic. One driver even slowed down and swerved, just as Heit snapped his head up and jerked the steering wheel to avoid a head-on collision.
Heit's parents released the image of their son's final unsent text along with a statement through police.
"I can't bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this," read the statement. "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."
Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study that said, at any given moment, 660,000 motorists are either talking on their cell phones or texting while driving. Distracted-driving accidents claimed more than 3,000 lives in 2012.