Heather Lerch

Heather Lerch was a beautiful, young woman that left this earth far too soon. She was loved by most that came into contact with her. This was evident at her funeral. More than 400 people attended.  Friends told stories, sharing how Heather would make the newcomer feel comfortable by introducing herself: “Hi, I’m Heather. Do you want to be my friend?” Heather started a lot of friendships that way.

Heather was very responsible when it came to money. She had just purchased her second car. She had paid-off  her first car in less than 2 years. She would save, plan and research for anything that she wanted to purchase. Heather was attending Centralia College where she had made numerous friends. Her interest was in criminal justice, especially forensics. She was looking forward to finishing at Centralia and moving-on to a four year college. Heather was an avid snowboarder and skier. She started skiing lessons when she was just 3-years-old. While vacationing at Mt. Bachelor one year, she decided to try snowboarding. She became very good at it, as well. We have great memories of family ski vacations in Canada, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. Heather made a terrible mistake on that fateful night of February 23, 2010.  She was just driving home from work. When less than 3-miles from home, she decided to text back-and-forth with a friend. The conversation wasn’t that important. It could have waited. The conversation was not worth her life.

Please don’t text and drive. Come home alive.

-Dan and Wendy Lerch,
 Heather’s Parents

To learn more about Heather’s story, please visit heathersstory.org

  • avatar Robin Robbins says:

    I am doing an argumentative report for college against texting while driving this will help so much. I am so sorry for your loss

  • avatar Tayler says:

    I am best friends with Heather’s cousin. I am so sorry.

  • I am a Drivers Ed Instructor at Martin Auto School in New Bedford Massachusetts. It is now mandatory to teach the dangers of texting while you drive. It is sad that kids have to die in order to save other kids. I was touched by Heather’s Story… God Bless! Rosa

  • avatar Bree Pena says:

    Im in 9th grade and im doing an essay on txtn while driving. I am sorry for your loss. My bestfriends brother and cousin were killed in ana accident where the other driver was txtn. her brother was 3 and her cousin was 20.


  • avatar katy says:

    hi my name is katy i will be 16 soon and i know that texting while driving is bad i get onto my friends alot about it because they drive and i ride in the car with them and i told them that they need to stop b4 i get out of the car and walk home..i would rather walk home than be in a car with someone who is texting while driving.i am so sorry for what happend to heather but know that she is always in our prayers.. god bless you

  • avatar Jenn says:

    To the family of dear Heather:

    I am so sorry for your loss! My prayer for you is that sharing Heather’s story will reach out and help others to recommit to better driving habits. Count me in. I sometimes text while driving while there is no one around or at a stop light. But I use my GPS and cell phone while driving. My 12 year old daughter called me out on it last night. She “dinged” me with a statement that parents tell their children not to do what they do themselves. What could I say? I am now deciding to put the phone down while driving. Your story helped me kick it in motion. Thank you!

    Sharing your heartbreak will make a difference in many lives, I know it has mine.

    I couldn’t bear the thought of the pain I would bring to ANYONE if I caused an accident out of carelessness.

  • avatar Erin Fahey says:

    I am a 8th grader doing a project on Texting While Driving. Its very unfortunate that so many people have lost their lives due to texting while driving. It must stop, I’m very sorry for your loss and I hope that this a lesson for everybody out there on the road not to text and drive. God Bless you all.

  • avatar Jon says:

    God Bless You! I am truly sorry and hope that Heather was a Christian so that she is now in a better place! God Bless You, Dan and Wendy.

  • 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: http://www.departmentofdriversafety.com……Remember we are trying to save lives.

  • avatar Ashley DiPasquale says:

    I’m in high school and I was writing on texting and driving. I was doing resarch and happend to see this story. I am truly sorry for your loss… I hope you feel better some day Heather is at peace now. I really have learned the effect that texting and driving can have on people. Thank you for sharing Heather’s story

  • avatar Elsea says:

    There are so many tragic stories out there, and it seems that people just let them fly right by their heads. I am truly sorry for your loss, and I am sure that some days, the sadness may get the better of you. Just hang in there and know that Heather is in a better place. God Bless. Everyone just needs some love, so put the cellular device down and share a hug.

    • avatar Taylor says:

      Though I was still young, I remember when this happens.We all miss Heather dearly and she will forever be missed.She was one of the kindest people I have ever met and I will always remember her.


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