Parents Hope Photo of Fatal Text Serves as Warning

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) — 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 in Greeley, 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 Wednesday 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.

In a statement released through police, Heit's mother says texting while driving can "tear a whole in the heart of everyone who loves you."

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