Parents hope photo of fatal text serves as warning to others who text and drive
9:48 AM, Apr 11, 2013
1:56 PM, Apr 11, 2013
GREELEY, Colo. - Alexander Heit's final text cut off in mid-sentence.
Before he could send it, police say the 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel and went off the road, rolling his car.
Heit died shortly after the April 3 crash, but his parents and police are hoping the photo of the mundane text on his iPhone will serve as a stark reminder to drivers.
The photo, published in The Greeley Tribune, shows Heit was responding to a friend by typing "Sounds good my man, seeya soon" followed by a few letters before crashing.
"I can't bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this," mother Sharon Heit wrote in a statement released by Greeley Police. "Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you."
Heit had a spotless driving record and was not speeding.