Mourning family now urges drivers to stop texting on the road

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LARNED, Kan. (KAKE) -

Jacque Tierce can’t stop thinking about what led to her daughter’s deadly accident.

“The nights are the worst. When you have time to think about the last conversation I had with her,” Tierce said.

Danielle Delgado was a 22-year-old single mom with her whole life ahead of her.

On the morning of May 26th, Delgado was driving east on US-56 when she rear-ended a semi. She was texting and driving.

“I knew it was a possibility. I didn’t want to believe it,” Tierce said.

Now Tierce is working to make sure no other parent has to cope with the loss that her family has endured.

“You tell your children and you tell your children, ‘Don’t do it.’ But I’m guilty of it myself. I think we all are,” Tierce said.

“I was really bad at it,” Danielle’s brother, Zach Achor said.

That’s why Tierce and her family started the social media movement #DoItForDanielle, urging drivers to put down their phones.

“You don’t really think about it while you’re driving. You’re like, ’Oh, it’s a quick text.’ But there's times I’ve been on Facebook for who knows how long and then I look up and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m already to this town? Wow,’” Achor said.

Delgado was killed on Memorial Day weekend, the start of the 100 deadliest days.

These 100 days are the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to AAA, in 2016 over a thousand people were killed in crashes involving teens.

“I had just said three days prior to Danielle’s accident, ‘I don’t know what I would do if I lost a child.’ And three days later, I’m living it,” Tierce said.

Tierce just hopes sharing her daughter’s story can prevent one person from texting and driving.

“I don’t want anyone to go through this. Not any mother, not any brother, not any sister, not any son, child. Not any friend,” Tierce said.

Tierce will be selling texting and driving awareness stickers on the group’s Facebook page.

She hopes to be able to mentor young students in drivers ed courses to warn them of the dangers of texting behind the wheel.