Text before crash warns of texting dangers


Cars drive on Interstate 280 by a notification of a new texting while driving law December 29, 2008 in San Francisco, California.


Justin Sullivan

A motorist sent a text while driving, astutely pointing out that he might crash his car. "I need to quit texting because I could die in a car accident," 21-year-old Chance Bothe wrote to his friend, according to Toronto Sun

As predicted, Chance crashed his car moments later. But luckily, he survived the ordeal and is now warning others of the dangers. On the drive, Bothe was having an argument via text with his friend when he missed a curve in the road. He drove straight through it, causing his truck to slide at least 20 feet into a ravine, MSNBC reported. "It affects everyone, it's just not worth it," Chance's mother, Vicki, told MSNBC.

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To be sure, Bothe's recovery has not been easy. After the crash, which happened six months ago, Chance suffered a broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries, WAFF reported. Doctors had to bring him back to life three times. 

"They just need to understand, don't do it. Don't do it. It's not worth losing your life," Chance told WAFF. "I went to my grandmother's funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, I'm surprised that's not me up in that casket. I came very close to that, to being gone forever."

A whopping 52 percent of US drivers between the ages of 18-29 reported texting or emailing while driving at least once in a 30-day-reported, according to a CDC survey. Every day, 15 people die in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the CDC.