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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. 


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.

Greeley Police/AP

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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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