Text & Die: Mother on mission to stop tragedies

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LARNED, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas mother shares her family's story to prevent another texting and driving tragedy.

"I remember hearing sirens and I thought to myself it's awful early in the morning to be hearing sirens. I just began praying for whoever it was that was involved," said Jacque Tierce, mother.

She did not know those prayers were going to an accident that hit close to home.

On the morning of May 26, 2018, there was an accident involving one woman driving east on US-56 when she rear-ended a semi. 

The victim was her 22-year-old daughter, Danielle Delgado.

"When I arrived at the hospital, they were just taking her out of the ambulance. She said, 'Mom, mom, my stomach hurts so bad. It hurts so bad, mom,'" said Tierce.

Her daughter was flown to a Wichita hospital while the family drove for more than two hours.

When they arrived, "I knew it wasn't good. A few minutes later, the surgeons came in and they said, 'You know...we did everything we could, but unfortunately your daughter died,'" said Tierce.

Days later, investigators revealed to her that her daughter was texting on Snapchat when she crashed.

"She rear ended the back end of the semi going 65 to 70 miles an hour. She didn't break. She didn't see it at all because she was looking down at her phone," said Tierce.

Now, Tierce uses her daughter's story on social media and through presentation to share the reality of an accident.

"She leaves behind a three-year-old son, Jayce, who doesn't understand where his mommy is or why she's sleeping in that bed, which was her coffin," she said.

Tierce encourages drivers to create "I love you more than" boxes filled with photos.

"These are all the things that I love more than my cell phone. Things that are more important to me than picking up that cell phone," said Tierce.

To learn more about the Do It For Danielle campaign, click here.

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