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Fatal text message photo aims to stop texting while driving

A photo of the fatal text message, the interrupted text message that a 22-year-old was typing when he lost control of his car, was released by his parents and police yesterday. The fatal text message serves as a warning of the consequences of texting while driving. 

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This photo of the fatal text message was released by police with the permission of Alexander Heit's parents. They hope the fatal text message photo serves as a warning.

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It was a fatal text message for Alexander Heit. 

His 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 Wednesday in The Greeley Tribune, shows Heit was responding to a friend by typing "Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw" before he crashed.

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