‘Seeya soon’: Family shares last words

text messages in fatal Colorado crashThe text message in the image at left would seem routine, but the story behind it is heart-wrenching.

Police in Greeley, Colo., say that text-messaging thread led to the death of a University of a Northern Colorado student on April 3.

Alexander Heit, 22, of Boulder apparently was still typing when he veered into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel to avoid a crash and flipped his vehicle. He died shortly after.

Heit’s family released the image as a caution to others who would text & drive.

“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this,” said Sharon Heit, Alexander’s mother.

“Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive,” she continued. “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.”

Texting while driving has been illegal in Colorado since late 2009.

The Greeley Police Department released Heit’s plea and the image. “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,” the local police chief said.

Comments

  1. Maria Jose S Frasier says:

    What about GPS? Don’t you have to look at the screen sometimes? What could be done about this to prevent accidents?

  2. Im assuming he wasnt wearing a seatbelt and that is why he died, yes its a tragedy but had he been following the law he probably would have walked away from the accident

  3. Al Cinamon says:

    Mike, your comment is inane. Had he been obeying the law he wouldn’t have been texting and driving, which has been illegal in Colorado since 2009, But, if one doesn’t respect the magnitude of the driving responsibility and the safety of all road users, they will break all kinds of laws including texting, no seat belt, speeding, red light running, etc, etc.

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