shutterstock_104353676__1368972026_142.196.156.251This is heartbreaking. Savannah Nash – a 16-year-old who was allowed for the first time to drive alone – died blocks from her home when her vehicle slammed into a semi. She was texting when the crash happened, as evidenced by a lengthy unsent text found on her phone at the crash scene.

From MSNewsNow.com:

Savannah was born May 8, 1997. She received a learner’s permit on May 23, 2012, according to Missouri records. She received a full driver’s license with certain restrictions on Wednesday.

One devastated mother told KCTV5′s Erika Tallan that she is unsure how to explain to her son, who has a driver’s permit, that this is why parents emphasize the dangers of texting and driving. Her son was close friends with Savannah and he and other friends have been rocked by the tragedy.

Classmates were distraught Friday, and the message about the dangers of texting and driving were sent home.

I hate that this is how these kids will be learning a lesson about texting and driving. Will it stop the behavior? I don’t know. I see so many teenagers whose phones have become an extension of them. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a teenager who didn’t have a phone on them at all times. Heck, you would be hard-pressed to find an adult that didn’t have one on them.

This kills me. I know how hard it is to parent a child and wonder if they are taking your guidance to heart. I have a thirteen-year-old step daughter who is amazing. But I can’t tell you the number of times she has blatantly disregarded our reprimanding and advice when it comes to her cell phone. Sometimes I feel like it’s a lost cause.

I just feel for these parents who have lost a child in such an awful way. The image of her, so excited to be out on her first solo drive minutes before her life came to an end is just too much to bear.

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