‘She took her eyes off of the road to see a text’

To the Tatum (Texas) High School student body:

“Leah Propes has phoned me this morning and asked that I share with you what she has now confirmed.

Lillian (16) was driving home from work and was texting while driving. There was no other car involved, Lillian was not under the influence of anything in her system but the crash happened simply because she took her eyes off of the road to see a text and answer a text. Lillian was texting someone she had just recently met.

“The Propes family asked that each of you, the Tatum High School family of students, faculty and staff take this tragedy of their precious daughter’s death as a screaming message from those who love you “Don’t text while you drive”; don’t text others when you know they are driving.

“We will remember Lillian as a member of the National Honor Society, a student athletic trainer, a yearbook staffer and a member of the One Act Play cast. She is a member of the Class of 2012 and was the only child of Tim and Leah Propes.

“Lillian has been a Tatum Eagle since kindergarten.

“Her body will be cremated and the family is having a private service.

“A memorial service will be held at Tatum High School Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.”

— Principal Debbie Maxey


  1. shane irby says:

    im so srry to hear that tragedy i go to hallsville high shcool and we are siging banners in memory

  2. Al Cinamon says:

    The blood of this child is on the hands of our legislators. They say texting is legal. Dangerous but legal.

    I don’t know the law in Texas but in NY we have a law that bans texting. But, it is a secondary law, which means you can text while driving; just don’t do anything else wrong. In other words NY cops cannot pull you over and ticket you just for texting, You have to break some other law first. Of course, the breaking the other law, like running a red light, can lead to your death.

  3. Texas law bans the use of wireless communications devices by drivers under the age of 18. There is no statewide ban against texting.

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