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On July 29, 2006, as I was crossing the street in a crosswalk, in Newark, New Jersey, an SUV ran through the red light, hit me and dragged me half a block. It was around 5:00 pm, and extremely hot. I felt the skin of my legs burning on the ground. I tried to get up, but I couldn’t. My legs wouldn’t moove. I tried to look up, see where I was, but I was blinded by the blood in my eyes that was pouring down from my opened up head. I screamed for help, for someone to please help me get off the ground, I never felt so much pain, in all my life.
Finally, there was someone at my side, who called an ambulance, and stayed with me until they came. It turns, out he had been in his car at the red light, saw it happen, and came to my aid. He was my lifesaver, as I nearly bled to death, and would’ve had I not made it to the hospital in time. It turned out, he saw that the driver had been using her cell phone. I had to have a blood transfusion, suffered a brain injury, had 150 staples in my head, a fractured skull, a bone in my neck was crushed, broke my collar bone, several ribs, my pelvis, my hip was dislocated and fractured, and my ankle completely broken on both sides. I was in the hospital for a long time, then a rehab hospital. I had to wear a neck brace, hip brace, big boot, use a wheelchair, and a walker.
My life completely changed that day. I can’t even begin to explain the amount of pain that I suffered, and how hard it was to recover, and how this destruction was caused by a lack of extremely poor judgement. It was 8 years ago, and though I’ve healed in many ways, there’s parts of me that will never be the same. I take every day as it comes, and deal with the pain, and the grief it caused the best I can. Life is a precious, fragile gift, and it’s so unfair to rob someone of that gift because your distracted on the phone while driving. Whatever needs to be said can’t possibly be more important than another person’s life, or even your own, it can wait. Please, help me share my story, to remind people of the pain that can be caused by driving destracted. Please text responsibly.
On what was the suppose to be luckiest day of our lives not to some people including myself. On July 7th, 2007, I lost my mother due to a texting and driving/drunk driver. My mother had left behind 4 children and a husband and many other family members. She was heading south on 59 highway 2 miles north outside of Garnett, Kansas. This woman hit my mother head on with only 2.5 second to react so she turned the car to where it hit her side instead of my aunts side who was also with her at the time. She protected my aunt.. We received the most terriblest news that day when I noticed she wasn’t answering phone calls or texting back and when I went and looked out the door praying she would come home so I turned my head to see what others was doing I heard a car pull up in the drive way and I was thinking to myself yay my mom is home…only to find out it wasn’t my mom. It was a Kansas state trooper. He got out of his car and put his hat on, walking up to the door I walked outside and he took his hat off and said miss I’d your father home? I had went and got my dad and he told me to go inside I couldn’t . I sat there and listened to there conversation only to find out my mother was never coming home. As I sat there devastated not knowing what to do. How will we survive on our own? How will be be normal again? What will us kids do without a mother? Then it hit me finding out I will never have another mother again. No one can ever replace her all because a girl wanted to be on her phone and drink. Now to this day almost 8 years later. She now has 4 grand children 3 grand daughters and 1 grandson all of them whom she never got the chance to meet. My children. Have to grow up without one of there grandmothers and will neve know her just stories about her. I encourage every single one of you to NEVER text and drive nor drink and drive. No one realizes how long you have in life until it happens to you. Thank you for letting me post this here. .
I was driving over the lunch hour. A woman behind me was clearly texting. I first noticed her behind me a stoplight. She wasn’t paying attention and almost didn’t make the light when it turned. As we continued down the road, I was worried to have her behind me, that she might just drive right into my rear. I could see her texting and staring into her phone. Her phone case was bright yellow, and I could see she was holding it up above her steering wheel and just staring into it. At the next stoplight I moved into a left turn lane and she pulled up in the other lane – still texting. She wasn’t even looking up. I rolled down my window and told her to stop, that she was going to kill somebody by doing that. Her excuse was that she was trying to figure out if the pain medicine she was taking was OK. Seriously. As if that was an acceptable reason! There is no excuse for driving while not paying attention. She will eventually cause an accident and injure or kill someone. I hope its not me or someone I know.
The week before this, I saw someone staring into their phone and using it, also holding it up in front of their steering wheel. He nearly hit a mother and small child in a crosswalk. When I pulled up next to him and told him to stop, he said he was trying to figure out where he was going by looking at maps. When I told him that he almost hit a mother and child, he claimed that there wasn’t any mother and child – he really didn’t see them at all. He will kill someone someday. He also didn’t think he was doing anything wrong.
Unacceptable. Put down your phones people.
My name is Katelyn. My senior year of high school, I was in a horrible car accident that changed my life and future plans. Just a month before graduation, it was a beautiful Friday. I spent the day with my mom touring the college I was going to attend that fall. We went shopping for work uniforms I would need over the summer for the two part time jobs I had just accepted. After a busy day, I went home to take a little nap before heading to the Relay for Life event at my high school. My school is just five miles away, down a windy curvy road. I left for school in my small ‘91 Acura Legend. I was two minutes from school when I came over a blind hill and was struck head on by a full size Chevy Silveraldo. It was just myself and the other man in our vehicles, both going over 50 mph. His truck stopped crooked in the road and my car did a complete 180 landing in the woods. He broke a few toes. My face slammed into the steering wheel which broke my jaw and gave me a severe head injury. I broke both legs and my arm was pinned between me and the steering wheel with a bone sticking out of my elbow. I remember the scene like it just happened. The 20 year old Marine in the truck had been staring at his phone the entire time and thought he just hit a tree. He’s perfectly fine but my dreams of going to college and joining the Navy as an officer are ruined. Just because he couldn’t wait.
My name is Jenna.
Some could say I don’t really have a story.
I’ve never lost anyone close to me to a texting driver.
In a way I do have a story.
I was in the car a few weeks ago, when I saw a man in a red car texting while he was driving beside us. He suddenly swerved and nearly hit us. He almost hit my side.
My father had honked furiously, he almost lost his only daughter.
And you know the worst part?
After the man looked up with an apologetic look on his face, he went right back to texting! I bet he killed someone that day.
Stop texting and driving, I’m only 12.
I’m too young to die.
I kno there is many stories about ppl dying from txting while driving but what about the ones who didn’t die but lives are changed forever because some random girl decided to txt instead of paying attention to the road and she ran a stop sign i wasn’t even driving i was the passenger she tboned the car on my side and my life was changed forever I had to drop out of school I can’t find a job due to a neck injury I’m in pain every day it’s been 4 years of my life I’ll never get back I just hope people realize paying attention to the road is more important than txting your friends anyone for that matter
My name is Heaven. I am a 37 yr old wife and mother of two. I am also an only child, a miracle baby at that, which is why my parents named me Heaven. On March 18th 2012, I was driving to a little store just a few miles from my house when a car coming from the opposite direction ran off the road on their side and while trying to get back on the road, they went airborn and hit me head on rolling across the driver side of my car. The dash and driver side door of my car was crushed so bad, it had me pinned in the car. The jaws of life had to be brought in to cut the door off and dash apart to get me out. And all of this was time consuming due to that I was bleeding internally because my spleen was ruptured. My pelvis was broken in two places, my left leg was broken, my left wrist was shattered, my left forearm was broken and my elbow was completely shattered. I also had other small internal injuries. I was airlifted from the scene and once out of trauma, was placed in icu and was stable for a few hours, then went into a blood condition called DIC where I actually coded (died) twice before I was miraculously stabilized again but then was placed in a drug induced coma and was on life support for a week. I went through numerous surgeries. My spleen was removed. I have a metal rod in my left thigh that attaches to my hip, a metal cage in my left wrist and a metal rod in my left forearm. The skin on my elbow was to traumatized to heal so I had to have some of the muscle cut out of my back to be placed over my elbow. Once I was released from the hospital, I was still not able to walk, so spent the next 3 mths in a hospital bed at home. Besides all the physical injuries I substained, I also have mental issues now. I still have nightmares of the wreck, I have panic attacks a lot, loud noises scare me, I stay depressed and angry a lot. I have very little use of my left arm and severe nerve damage in my left hand, so it gets frustrating that I can’t do all the things I use to be able to do. Most of all, it tears me to pieces every time I think about what my kids had to go through seeing their mother hurt like that and almost losing her all because a young girl was texting and dropped her phone.
My older sister was in a car wreck and almost lost her life due to a man texting and driving. The man was on his phone and ran through a red light and as my sister began exiting the intersection when the light was yellow. He T boned my sister at a speed of 51 mph. My sister is lucky to be alive becuase if he had hit her on the driver side she would not be here today. She is still dealing with problems caused by the wreck. She has constant back trouble and cannot get rid of it. Do not text and drive because you may not worry about your safety but you should worry about the others around you ont he road and even in the car with you. You can never brign someone back once their gone and I cannot imagine my life without my sister so be warned, be aware of the road, and be thoughtful to others outside your car and in.
I was texting and driving one night only a month after i received my license. I ran off the road and hit someone’s mailbox (first mistake) and then continued driving and left my car parked while i went to a bon fire. Then my mom calls me that the police have been called and i go meet everyone at my car. I then received 3 different citations, had to go to an eight hour driving school and lost my license for 3 months. I was just lucky there was no damage done to myself or any other living person.
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
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