Amanda Umscheid

My name is Amanda and I have a story to tell… My 19 year old sister was killed May 16th, 2009 in a car accident. She was texting me when her truck entered the median. She over corrected and flipped end over end several times before being ejected. The guilt I feel everyday is a hard load to carry. I have felt the desire to get public education out there since her accident this year.

It is especially hard on my mom, not only because she lost a child but my sister’s accident happened the same day my dad passed away 9 years prior. I have been given opportunities to speak at high schools and universities in the Kansas/Missouri area (she was attending Kansas State University and a graduate of a Missouri High School).

  • avatar Lauren says:

    I’m doin an essay on driving and I’m going to use this story as an anecdote!

  • avatar taylor says:

    im in 7th grade and im doing a computer class presentation on how dangerous texting and driving is. i found this story and i just wanted to say im sorry! God bless!

  • avatar Irma Perales says:

    Thank you Amanda, for taking a few minutes to talk with me regarding your loss. I know losing a loved one is never an easy thing. The first step in healing is PUBLIC AWARENESS. Your story is making a difference.

    God Bless

  • Amanda, unfortunately we share the same story, my youngest sister died too while texting and driving. Tracys accident was Jan 11th last year, I struggle daily knowing I wil never see her again or hear her contagious laugh again her on earth. Ever since I hav seen the commercial with you and your story I have wanted to get in contact with you, just to know someone else feels the same pain I do. I’m willing to openly give my email address so we can communicate it’s

    I hope you can get some comfort knowing that the one Tracy was texting, or actually viewing his text, I have absolutely no blame or hard feelings towards him. It could have been anyone she was texting, it could have been me. So try and not feel guilt or that it was your fault, it just happened that it was you. I’m not sure if my “words of wisdom” came across making any sense, but I hope you can sort of make sense of what I’m trying to say. If you get a chance please email me, I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you Shannon Patton, Texas

  • avatar Anna Ihrie says:

    i’m doing a persuadive essay about no texting and driving your story will be in my essay and i’m very sorry for your sister, and i hope this will stop texting and driving! love, Anna

  • avatar Terriell Jones says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I actually had to do an essay over how dangerous texting and driving is, and your story actually touched me. I used your story in my essay, cause I think it would actually get to someone and realize that it is very dangerous and no matter how important the text is, it can wait. Again im sorry to hear bout your sister. May her rest in peace.

  • avatar Angela says:

    Amanda I am doing an essay and I would like to use your story. You are doing a great job of making other people aware of the dangers of texting while driving. God bless you and your family.

  • avatar Angela says:

    Amanda I am doing an essay and I would like to use your story. You are doing a great job of making other people aware of the dangers of texting while driving.

  • avatar Ruby Banks says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your sister and the grief you and your family share. I used to work with your Mom many years ago at the VAMC-Kansas City-Bld#2. I will keep you all in my prayers. Keep up the good work.

  • avatar Bree Pena says:

    I am sorry for your loss. God bless and may your sisters Angel watch over you.

  • avatar Deena says:

    Oh my gosh! your story is so sad it almost makes me wanna cry. i feel sorry for your mom and you being that the accident hapend the day your father died years ago.

  • avatar Maximo Jezek says:

    Beautiful blog you’ve made here.. Truly, it’s quite a feat! Hopefully you keep your blog updated so people like me can be back and read some more!!

  • avatar Madison says:

    Amanda I know you probably hear this a lot and I am so sorry. This story tears my heart up, it is so sad. I’m writing a persuasive essay about how texting and driving should be illegal for people 22 and under. Your story has helped me so much in my essay. And I am so sorry about your sister, you and your family are in my prayers!

  • avatar Jenn says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I know it takes a lot of courage to share your guilt and pain with others. I hope and pray that the Lord will enable you to forgive yourself, and continue to help others to make better choices.

    And just to let you know… I am one of those people. I sometimes text while driving while there is no one around or at a stop light. But my 12 year old daughter called me out on it last night and I decided to look around for stories like yours as I make the commitment to put the phone down while driving.

    … so know that you are making a difference!

  • avatar Liana says:

    Amanda first of all i wanna say wow. Im so proud of you even though i dont now you and your making a huge diffrence. Im so sorry about what happened to your sister. I lost my brother and i know how it feels. It feels like its no ones fault but your own but you have to forgive yourself. Your sister probably wouldnt have wanted you to feel this burden. She would probably want you to be happy and forgive yourself! Im proud of everything that ur doing to help stop this texting and driving! ~ Liana <3

  • I am writing a paper on Texting while Driving, I think this is a very good example. I will put this touching example in my essay. I know you are making a difference, & I do not know you but I am proud of you. Not many people can be as strong as you to get up there & tell that story. 🙂 If anyone wants to check out my Texting while Driving page on facebook its called ‘Texting while Driving’ here is the link.

  • avatar Jon says:

    God Bless You! I hope your sister was a Christian so that she is now in a better place! God Bless You Amanda!

  • avatar Brandon says:

    I’m so sorry this happened but we have to work harder so that this doesn’t happen again to anyone else. Many people don’t realize that there are safety features that hinder you from texting while driving and we have came up with such a product that does that and much more. Please visit the website:

    Remember we are trying to save lives!

  • avatar Ashley DiPasquale says:

    I hope one day you can forgive yourself one day because I have read alot of stories like yours and people should try and forgive themselves. Your sister is in a better place now.

  • avatar Christa says:

    I am sooooo sorry I just want to cry

  • avatar Fredonia Student says:

    Your presentation at our school today really touched not only me, but i’m sure a lot of the student body at FHS. We appreciate it times a million and thank you so much for sharing your story. I think it definitely changed our thoughts on texting while driving and there was a big turn out on the thumb print banner. We can’t thank you enough and i’m sorry for your loss.

  • avatar Elsea says:

    I hope that people may come to understand how caring you are for sharing your story like this. It is very hard to re live these kind of tragic accidents, and I am sorry that you had to. One happy thought is that your sister is in a better place. God Bless.

    Thanks for your strength in sharing your story, I hope that it will raise awareness in texting while driving. Have you ever spoken at a National Gathering? I think that would be an excellent place to get the word across. =] All the blessings to you.


  • avatar jennifer says:

    I am very sorry you lost your sister and I am sure your best friend as well in such a horrible way. My eyes are opening after reading stories like yours. I am not a teen texter but I hope people understand that this message isn’t only for teens.

  • avatar Ann Holthaus says:

    I admire you for what you are doing. There can’t be enough emphasis put on not to text while driving. I have a hard time tuning the radio while driving. Keep up the good work.


  • avatar Heather Holthaus says:

    Wanted to let you know we are very proud of you!!! Love, Heather


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