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My 20 year old daughter Brooke was a success hairdresser and loved by everyone. Brooke always had a need to make a difference in someone’s life. She would often ask me mum can I donate a kidney or bone marrow, to which I would always answer “no Brooke you can’t do that!,” I never understood her need to save a life. Sadly now it all makes sense. Sadly I now know how Brooke is suppose to help others. On the 4th of December 2012 Brooke was going to work, she was travelling on a straight country road doing 100kmph. Brooke, from what I gather was planning her day in her head like we all do in this busy world we live in. Brooke decided to text a client about an appointment that day. Brooke crossed the wrong side of the road and hit a huge tree without breaking. Our family will never be the same after that day. Our bubbly beautiful girl who lived for her family and to help others is no longer here and it breaks our heart! Our family is now committed to helping Brooke spread the word about texting and driving and helping Brooke save lives like she always knew she was destined to do. In Australia we have started the Brooke Richardson dont- txt-n-drive Foundation Inc. We are committed to making our message as well known as the drink driving and speeding messages. Society has changed and we have a new problem on our roads and sadly I think we may see an epidemic on our roads in the future if we don’t take action now. Please help us help Brooke spread the word and stop another family going through what we have been through. If you want to survive Dont-txt-n-drive it’s not worth your life! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P8pdU06Vtto&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DP8pdU06Vtto
My Niece Jamie died October 13, 2008 from a 19 year old boy who was texting and driving. She was 31 years old and had 2 children. What we know is that he was coming home from work at about 6:50 am was texting his girlfriend and she was planning on making him breakfast the boy went left of center coming over a hill and hit her head on. He died at the scene, and she died about 1 hour later approx. Jamie had been pulled out of the car by a semi driver passing by and after such the car caught on fire and burnt up to a crisp. We lost Jamie but we had her beautiful face to say goodbye we did have an open cascet. To the semi driver we are thankful. There is much more to this story but im not a good writer so im leaving details out. This is the first time ive talked about it on line like this. I sure loved that girl!!!!
My name is Jennifer, I lost my little sister Tracy on January 6,2011. Tracy was on her way to the hospital to see a friends brand new baby girl. She was driving a road she had drove thousands of times. Tracy was viewing a text a lost control of her truck, she over-corrected and crossed the highway and hit a very large, strong fence & tree. Tracy was just 33 years old…full of life and never met a stranger. I lost my sister and best friend that day, but more importantly my niece (8 at the time) lost her mother.
After the accident we started a small Don’t Text & Drive campaign here in our small hometown. We sold T-shirts, bumper stickers, and bracelets that said “OMG…DON’T TEXT & DRIVE” So many people bought and supported our little campaign, with all the proceeds going to her daughter. I like to think that Tracy saved a few lives by losing hers, to get the message out about TEXTING & DRIVING. It doesn’t make it any easier, I still cry myself to sleep at night and miss her so very, very much. Things will NEVER be the same all because of a text message…
Thank you for letting me tell me story…
My 17 year old daughter and I caught my aunt texting while driving and using her cell phone while driving. We were on out way to a family gathering for Thanksgiving. She did not cause a wreck on the freeway, but she could have. I feel very uncomfortable with her bad driving habits. She does need to be confronted, but in a gentle manner. I do not plan getting rides from her again. I will offer to do the driving, if we go anywhere together. I’ll be the designated driver.
Deanna Mauer 23 years old was not so lucky to be alive.
When they brought her to the hospital, she was admitted as Quentin Doe, they did not know her name. She was involved in an auto accident on the 405 freeway and was hit at 84 MPH, as she was stopped in traffic. Little did we know as her parents she died on impact due to brain injury. She had her C2 and C3 neck broken and both arteries to her brain were severed. This all happened on April 27th, 2011.
We were notified that day at about 11:30am at our work, both my wife and I worked at the same Aerospace Co. When my wife calls me that day, she was screaming so loud that I had no idea who she was on the phone. Finally I ask her to calm down and tell me what happen, she said she was called by the Head and Trauma center and was ask some questions about a girl that they just received in for major injuries from a car accident. Some tattoo’s my daughter had on he body, revealed it was her they had taken in. We left work immediately and I was trying to think positive.
We were met by the CHP officer, who handed us her purse and assured us she was not on her cell phone. He explained she was hit from the rear at a very high speed and had some major injuries. We went up to the 4th floor to see her and we were completely devastated. As family members started to arrive, we met with the two physicians in charge and they want to put her in surgery right away, because of internal bleeding. In about 30 minutes they came back from surgery to tell us the news, we were told our daughter was brain dead and they had perform tests to see if there was any response from the brain and nothing was showing up. My wife at this time as for them to check again and do the test again, she just wanted to make sure, she again asks for another test. The nightmare had emerged, we lost our wonderful daughter. One thing was told to us about this accident by the two physicians was they made the statement we were very lucky our daughter was not decapitated from the extent of her injuries, they said this occurs usually at 70MPH or faster. Time stood still for both of us, the pain was unbearably though.
We made the arraignments to bury our daughter in a cemetery close to our home. This was especially though through the whole process. We were told by the cemetery since she passed away immediately we would need cash to pay for these services. After 25K and a few weeks off work, we were done with this part. Now for the next part, this person’s insurance company, Geico never contacted us in a manner what-so-ever. To this date, we feel this company made no apologies or sympathy statement at all. I received my first bill from the hospital and for the one day, the bill was 157K, eventually the final bill was 201K. No offers from anyone on who was to pay this. The pre- trial is still pending on this person and she has been arrested on felony charges of gross negligence manslaughter. The DA will put on a quite convincing case with the information they have from the black box from her vehicle from this accident. We know for a fact she was not paying attention and was speeding which caused our daughter death. She denied it all and has shifted the blame to Deanna. I can continue with a lot more information, but I need to end here. I only sit down to write this story to inform the public on the consequences of texting while driving.
My story needs to get out to every person that thinks they can text and drive. I do not own a cell phone and never will, especially after this accident. If you ever see me on the freeways and streets of Southern California you will know me by what I have on my truck back window, “A PERSON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING KILLED MY DAUGHTER, NO TEXT IS WORTH A HUMAN LIFE. There is two picture of my daughter with in Memory of (OUR SUNSHINE) June 14th 1987 to April 27th, 2011, thank for listening, Deanna Parents
June 21, 2012 I lost my sister, Sabrina ‘Bree’ Wilson, 31yrs old, from Douglas, WY. She was texting and driving when she slammed head on with A semi. she was killed on impact. The driver of the semi was able to walk away with minor injuries but now has to deal with the fact a young woman has died
Our family has come together to start The Bree Promise group that was created on Facebook. We have almost 17,000 promises and know that we have got the message internationally.
I have pictures of the car and willing to do what I can to get this message out.
Here is the story of when my life changed forever………
On the morning of January 6th last year it was a normal day, until I got a phone call from my neighbor at 844am that changed my world. My neighbor, patty asked what I was doing, I told her just sitting on the couch cleaning out my purse, my world was normal, things were fine, until her next question. “is everything ok?”, “yes, why?”. Patty said “well I don’t want to scare you but I just heard your sister was in a bad car wreak this morning, and she was killed.” MY HEART STOPPED BEATING, but only for a second,….. I thought no surely I would know before my neighbor or anyone else would know. So I called my dad, he lives next door to me and asked if Jennifer was home(my middle sister), this was the sister patty told me that she thought had the wreck, dad said yes Jennifer was home (whooo thank God), BUT my youngest sister Tracy had left at 715am after she got home from her night shift job to go to town to see a friend that had a baby overnight. So I called Tracy, no answer, called again, no answer, ooh dear God PLEASE, I text her CALL ME ASAP!!…..no reply. My heart is sinking, dear God please no……..I never got that call from her, she had died at 736am, alone in her car.
When I got her phone from the highway patrol, and went thru her text, I was able to pinpoint to the minute of her unwitnessed wreak. She had 2 conversations going on, she sent both of them a text at 731, they replied back @732. The 911 call came in from a passerby @734, the telephone pole she hit was still swaying. I know she was “viewing” their single word text when she barely went off the road, overcorrected, sending her across the other lane,airborne over the ditch, slamming into a telephone pole. By the time we finally knew of her accident, her body was on the way to Dallas to the medical examiner. No goodbyes, no final I love yous, that was it, my baby sister was gone. My beautiful sweet sister left behind a 9 y/o daughter, that is being raised by my parents and my sister Jennifer. There is a void in my life everyday. I preach to anyone that will listen the dangers of texting and driving. If I could I would share her story with anyone that will listen, my purpose and goal is to keep her memory alive, and NOT let her death have been in vain! I have sold hundreds of Tshirts I had made in her honor, the front says OMG DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE! ASK ME WHY…….. The back of the shirt is in memory of Tracy Nelson, a PRECIOUS life lost along with her birth and death date, she was 33 years young.
Thank you to anyone that reads this and shares her story, I want her memory kept alive and save the lives of others!
My brother, age 53, was killed April 25th, 2012 by a college student who was texting and driving. My brother was moving furniture and part of his load fell off the truck into the road. He pulled completely off the road to clear the debris, a Virginia State Trooper stopped to assist, the trooper activated his lights and blocked the lane of traffice where the debris was. A young man, texting, did not see the flashing blue lights until the last moment. He swerved to miss the trooper’s car, over-corrected and lost control plowing into my brother and the trooper. The trooper suffered serious injuries, my brother was pronounced dead at the hospital. The texting driver suffered no physical injuries, I do not know him but imagine he will suffer mental anguish over this incident his entire life. No one wins – please do not text and drive, nothing you have to say is as important as a life.
My name is Kourtney and I am almost 16 years old. 2 years ago I was in a car accident. My mother and I were rear-ended. I was 2 streets away from my house. I was in grade 8 at the time and I wasn’t even 14 years old yet. I happened to call home sick. The person who hit my mom and me was texting and driving. From the accident I had a concussion, whiplash in my neck and a soft tissue injury in my lower back. About a year and a half after the accident I was diagnosed with chronic back pain. The doctors still don’t know what is wrong with me. September of 2011, I was so fed up with all the pain that I started to have suicidal thoughts. I had depression for a long time and I still have it. I was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also know as PTSD, and there is a long list of side effects that one could have and I have or had have tons of them; like nightmares of the accident, flashbacks, etc. To this very day I can still hear the sound of the truck smashing and crushing into my van. I am on a ton of medicine, I have to take 9 pills a day, 4 in the morning, 2 at lunch, and 3 at night. You would think that after 2 years you would think that I would be all better but that isn’t the case. And I want to share my story and give awareness about this because I am disabled from the accident, I can’t play sports anymore and I use to be very athletic. And just think all of this could have been prevented if it wasn’t for someone having to read that one message, that one second that he took his eyes off the road changed me forever. I hope I can share my story and my journey that I’m still dealing with to people. Especially teenagers. I want to work up the courage to talk about it to my school…
My son in-law was hit almost head on by a Domino’s pizza delivery driver who was going north on hwy 45 and was texting he veered into the south-bound lane and struck my son-in-law almost head on .the impact caused both vechicles to swap lanes and the delivery driver was dead at the scene ,my son in-law was air lifted to the hospital this happened almost 4 years ago and because my son in-law had-had prior trouble with the local police they charged him with causing the accident.our attorney had to get the delivery drivers phone records to prove he was at fault /distracted by texting.
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