Parents hope photo of teen's last text before dying serves as warning to others who text and drive

GREELEY, Colo. - Alexander Heit's final text cut off in mid-sentence.

Before he could send it, police say the 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel and went off the road, rolling his car.

Heit died shortly after the April 3 crash in Greeley, but his parents and police are hoping the photo of the mundane text on his iPhone will serve as a stark reminder to drivers that no text is worth it.

The photo, published in The Greeley Tribune, shows Heit was responding to a friend by typing "Sounds good my man, seeya soon" followed by a few random letters. That was the exact moment he crashed.

“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this,” mother Sharon Heit wrote in a statement released by Greeley Police. “Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.”

Heit, who is originally from Boulder, had a spotless driving record and was not speeding. Sharon Heit said her son was a good student who was kind, well liked and funny.

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