• Apr 12th 2013 at 11:30AM
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This is the final text from Alexander Heit, a college s... This is the final text from Alexander Heit, a college student who died texting while driving. (AP photo)

"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.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      Sometimes I will text at a red light and as soon as it turns green I put the phone down. I think people that text while driving are very selfish. They could kill innocent people. Pretty sad that he wasted four years in college and threw it all away with some stupid text.
        shellyntre
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, it could've happened to you, me, or countless others because untold numbers of us are guilty of this same stupid act. Ijs... you could sound just a lil more compassionate. Unless of course you have NEVER EVER once sent a text at the same time that your vehicle was moving.
          Laura
          • 2 Years Ago
          @shellyntre
          You seem to think that everyone texts and drives! Read the comments, many people don't, In fact, the vast majority of drivers/texters are young, so stop assuming we're all like you, your friends and the young man who died...we're not all that irresponsible.
      mouse
      • 2 Years Ago
      ""It only happens to others","I am too careful","I only do it when it's safe"...........sad but nothing will stop this until they are in an accident, almost have an accident or someone they know has an accident and dies or is injured for life. Why aren't they at least using a "hands - free option and talking to the person or pulling over to TALK instead of typing? Why is non-personal communication so neccesary? Don't people understand that a voice was given to us for use?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Texting or talking on the phone should have a meaningful punishment: tow car, $1000 fine and suspend license for 6 months.
      ricander
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drive in my work and am on the road day and night and cannot believe how many people still text and drive. Those that do often veer over and have nearly come to sideswipe my car. Laying on the horn to call their attention to what they are doing doesn't do any good as they act oblivious each and every time. I call the authorities and report them yet they never respond because they are too lazy to get to where I am calling from. Just two days ago a car passed me on I-94 in Minnesota texting and veering. It go a half a mile ahead of me going up a curving road and went off the road, down an embankment and rolled 4 times. I could care less about their safety but was glad I was no where near them.
        richcolby60
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ricander
        You safely pull over to the side of the road and STOP, each and every time you call the authorities in these situations, correct?
      • 2 Years Ago
      My parents never had cell phones when we were growing up, they had pagers, and when we would go out we would call from the house phone or vice versa when we got home..no big deal. Everyday that I go out I see people on the cell phone all the time, I use my phone but will not text while driving unless im parked, What is more important than your life? This is so sad.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We should outlaw everything or action that would cause the death of ourselves or others. That is a big order but what is true is that we would have to eliminate most of the living creatures on this earth. They are letting knives back on airplanes, against most of the airline workers. They are working at banning assault type weapons, non full auto they are already harder to get, but the handgun has killed far more people than the assault weapons. A misguided individual ran through a college building stabbing everyone he could. He didn't have to reload and if he had any training the death count could be more than any shooting. We can stop all this hate and madness by doing one thing, I believe. Bring back the family unit. Earn a little less money and THINGS
      suitman36
      • 2 Years Ago
      sure, they make lots of laws against talking/texting in your car. all those laws are great.....but, where's the enforcement? i see it every day on my drives to and from work. geez....i even see cops talking on their cell phones. i see it.....why can't the authorities? sure, people see a police car, and immediately put the phone down. so......have more unmarked cars on the road looking for just this one thing. it really ain't rocket science. all the laws in the world don't do a damn thing unless its enforced.
      polish120
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem is it can't happen to me. Thats the problem.
      Cindy
      • 2 Years Ago
      My heart goes out to the family, such a horrible thing to endure. I'll never understand why people would rather text than talk. Talking is easier, faster, and it's safer, at least you can still watch what you're doing. Talking is enough distraction, especially for young inexperienced drivers. I see cars on the interstates drifting from lane to lane and on busy streets nose-diving the front end because they looked up from the phone and someone had stopped in front of them. And it's not just kids, adults are guilty, too. The person that came up with the idea of texting ought to feel pretty guilty about the lives he's ended. The auto makers should come up with some kind of blocking system that keeps your phone from texting while the engine is running, something that cannot be turned off.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cindy
        Talking on a phone also has killed people behind the wheel.
      heddow dare
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is not only the 'young' as many commenters have indicated. Every other car on the road (including law officials) are either driving or texting as they drive. There are enough hazards in driving without adding cell phones and texting. If car manufacturers would get rid ot their ignorant costly bells and whistles adding further distractions and get back to the basics of a car, that may help somewhat.
      TOBY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Darwinism at work. If the person(s) he was texting knew he was driving while texting, I'd hold them accountable as well. They have blood on their hands too.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another idiot dead by his own stupidity. I feel no sadness.
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