I got this in an email and have actually checked it out on Snopes to make sure it is real (and it is! The only reason they are showing it as undetermined is that it just happened and it has not been proven in a court of law that the girl was driving while texting). As a mother, I couldn't help but to cry when I saw these pictures.
An 18-year-old girl plowed directly into the rear of another vehicle. She was going 70 mph. She apparently never even saw them. You see, she had been texting at the time. You can see that she hit them dead-center with no attempt to slow or evade the collision.
She hit dead-center on her 2008 Yukon SUV as well. She escaped unscathed.
There was no blowout, no wet road, no curve or hill or fog to limit visibility. This girl clearly should have been able to see the traffic conditions at least a half mile ahead had she been looking and not texting. She nearly killed a beautiful 3 (aff)-year-old child!
Here's a personal look at the real human cost of texting while driving: Griffin before the accident.
Griffen the day after 4 hours of surgery to repair multiple skull fractures. He would surely have died or been severely disabled had they not been minutes away (by StarFlight helicopter) from Austin's world-class children's Dell Children's Medical Center and neurosurgeon Dr. Timothy George.
Day 4 – watching a movie on his Dad's iPhone. The swelling of his head will go away, but that scar from ear-to-ear will be with him forever.
Day 5 – feeling much better. My granddad bought me my very own iPod and loaded it with movies. Life is good.
It's almost unbelievable that it's been only five days since the accident that nearly claimed his life. All the medical experts involved expect him to make a full recovery. Pretty soon he'll be all healed up and back to normal – thank the Lord! In only six weeks he'll be allowed to be just as active as any other 3 (aff)-year-old.
Phone company records of text messages are irrefutable and accurate to the second; so it would be an easy matter to prove in court that a person was texting at the time of an accident. As with drunken driving, a jail sentence (no matter the driver's age) should be mandatory whenever anyone is injured by an InTEXTicated driver.
I encourage you to forward this to all your friends. We must try to stop ‘Driving While InTEXTicated' before more innocent people are maimed or killed over something so stupid.