Family Shows Texting While Driving Can Kill

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

"Her dreams was to go to New York city and be the next Megyn Kelly on Fox News," said Jeanne Brown.

Alex Brown was only 17-years-old when she decided to drive without her seat belt and text four different friends while on her way to school. It was her mother, Jeanne, who found Alex thrown out of her truck on the dirt road.

"We told our daughter Alex that she doesn't need to text and drive because we knew it was dangerous, but you know, she didn't listen to us," said Brown.

Now, the Browns take the mangled truck Alex was driving to give people a visual of the impact Alex's decisions had on her family that morning in 2009.

"Just being able to look out there and seeing how my talk is impacting all the other students because they realize, 'I don't want my little brother or little sister to have to go through that,'" said Alex's sister, Katrina Brown.

Valley Center and Iola students are the two groups in Kansas that will host the Browns. They also bring along with them, thumb bands to make people think twice before texting and driving.

"It made me really sad, seeing that happened to that family and just knowing how young that girl was. It made me upset that actually happened," said Victoria Wilcox, student.

"You know that texting and driving is bad. And you don't think really it happens, but it really does happen," said Allison Lynnemmitt, student.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition featured the Browns in January and helped them create the "Remember Alex Brown Foundation" to help them spread the message beyond Texas.

"The problem is across our nation," said Brown. "If we can save just a few lives everywhere we go, we're making a difference."

You can learn more about the R.A.B. Foundation by clicking here.

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