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Man texts, "I need to quit texting," before driving off cliff
wlbt.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Tricia Forbes

Posted on 08/02/2012 12:57:27 PM PDT by grundle

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A college student from Texas believes he is lucky to be alive after a terrible crash. He was texting and driving when his truck flew off of a cliff.

Chance Bothe's truck plunged off of a bridge and into a ravine. One of the last things he typed indicated what almost happened to him.

He wrote, "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident."

After the crash, Chance had a broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries. Doctors had to bring him back to life three times . Now, 6 months later, he's finally able to talk about what happened.

"They just need to understand, don't do it. Don't do it. It's not worth losing your life," he said. "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."

Chance's father said, if he had a child just learning to drive, he would disable texting and Internet on their phone.

As of August 1st, drivers in Alabama will face a $25 fine the first time they are caught texting behind the wheel.


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KEYWORDS: darwinaward; dwt; impaireddriver; napl; oops; textingdriver

1 posted on 08/02/2012 12:57:31 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Slings and Arrows

Duh ping


2 posted on 08/02/2012 12:58:57 PM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: grundle

Broken neck, eh? I suppose that means somebody’s going to have to pump the pablum into his stomach and wipe up what come out of the other end for him the rest of his life....


3 posted on 08/02/2012 12:59:53 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: grundle

Well.... since he probably can’t drive, he can do all the texting he want, now.

Odd how spellchecker doesn’t like the word ‘texting’.


4 posted on 08/02/2012 1:04:59 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Help. How do I put something in my tagline.)
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To: UCANSEE2
Odd how spellchecker doesn’t like the word ‘texting’.

It doesn't like Obama either because both are dumb things to do at the wrong time (not that there is a right time for Obama).

5 posted on 08/02/2012 1:08:41 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: day10; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Darwin Award status is indeterminate - we don't know if his reproductive bits still work.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 1:11:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: grundle

Famous last words.....


7 posted on 08/02/2012 1:21:52 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: grundle

I presume that was somewhere in the vicinity of Monte Sano State Park. Helluva steep drop up there.


8 posted on 08/02/2012 1:27:33 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Slings and Arrows

” “They just need to understand, don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” he said. “

The heck with YOUR life.....I’m thankful you didn’t kill a couple of kids.


9 posted on 08/02/2012 1:32:44 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: grundle

9.5
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10 posted on 08/02/2012 1:33:13 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Siri: USA - ALL THE WAY!)
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To: grundle

‘Experience’ is that thing that you get, right after you really needed it.


11 posted on 08/02/2012 1:58:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Help. How do I put something in my tagline.)
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To: KarlInOhio
It doesn't like Obama either

How long before someone files a suit declaring that 'spellchecker' is racist?

12 posted on 08/02/2012 2:02:34 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Help. How do I put something in my tagline.)
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To: grundle
A $25 fine? Seriously?

How about suspension of drivers license for a year and a thousand dollar fine?

Texting drivers kill. Every day I see some loser on the highway with an electronic device in their lap that they are paying more attention to than the road.

13 posted on 08/02/2012 2:05:23 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: grundle

Apparently, contrary to what Robert Earl Keen writes, the road does NOT go on forever, and the party DOES end.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 2:10:55 PM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I'm betting this doofus was also going by his GPS...

 

15 posted on 08/02/2012 2:12:46 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: grundle

Apparently, contrary to what Robert Earl Keen writes, the road does NOT go on forever, and the party DOES end.


16 posted on 08/02/2012 2:12:51 PM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

As much as the states have come down on alcohol and driving, I can’t help but think anybody caught using a hand-held device should immediately face a suspended license.

And there might be ten thousand people who reply -Oh, I can do it, never had a problem, blah blah blah..

It amounts to INTENTIONALLY not paying attention while you are driving.

Yhat’s worse than reckless.

Flame suit on, and I don’t give a hoot!


18 posted on 08/02/2012 3:14:58 PM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: djf

” It amounts to INTENTIONALLY not paying attention while you are driving.

Yhat’s worse than reckless.

Flame suit on, and I don’t give a hoot!”

I agree. More dangerous than drunk driving.


19 posted on 08/02/2012 3:24:57 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Daffynition

Purple rubber bracelet on right wrist? “Gay man and single”?


20 posted on 08/02/2012 4:28:24 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: CodeToad

Mods didn’t like the bracelet. Heh.


21 posted on 08/02/2012 7:41:53 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

whapen? It was only a picture?!


22 posted on 08/02/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: CodeToad

Dunno...it is of no consequence. :)


23 posted on 08/02/2012 9:17:41 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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