Parents Hope Photo Of Fatal Text Serves As Warning

Credit: Greeley Police Department

"Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw--"

And with that, Alexander Heit's final text cut off as police say the 22-year-old drifted into oncoming traffic and then went off road, rolling his car. He died shortly after the crash.

Heit's grief-stricken family hopes their son's death can serve as a wakeup call to those who still don't heed the warnings not to text and drive.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control found earlier this year that one in three Americans text or email while behind the wheel. Almost 70 percent of Americans talk on their phones while driving.

The text was nothing earth-shattering, but rather, an everyday text any of us could be sending a friend at any time. Those who text and drive typically do it because they believe they can easily type and pay attention to driving simultaneously.

In reality, studies show that the average text takes the driver's eyes off the road for nearly five seconds--more than enough time for an accident to occur.

Witnesses to the April 3 crash, which happened on the outskirts of Greeley, told police it looked like Heit had his head down just before he began drifting into another lane.

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."