A U.S. family has published the last, cut-off text message written by its 22-year-old son who crashed his car and died while using his cellphone, in the hope of preventing similar tragedies.
Alexander Heit drifted across the road while exchanging texts with a friend, realised suddenly and over-corrected with the steering wheel, sending his car rolling off the road.
He was pronounced dead at North Colorado Medical Centre on April 3 — and his family agreed with police to issue a photograph of his last text exchange.
The text shows two messages from a friend, who says: “Hey man I had to run out for like an hour,” to which Heit was replying: “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw ..” before abruptly stopping.
Witnesses said he seemed to have his head down, and began drifting into the oncoming traffic lane when a vehicle slowed and moved over just before Mr. Heit looked up.
“As he did, he jerked the steering wheel hard, over-correcting, resulting in his leaving the south side of the roadway, rolling and flipping the vehicle,” said a statement by police.
His mother Sharon Heit said: “Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. 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,” she added. — AFP