Heartbreaking: Texting Teen Dies On First Solo Drive

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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    • Michelle

      These stories make me so angry. What more can we do to illustrate how dangerous texting is while driving for everyone? No one ever thinks it will happen to them. So very sad.

    • Zorbs

      Darwinism at its best. Cleaning out the gene pool.

      • http://twitter.com/TwAlexLee Alex Lee

        Do you cheer every teen that dies from texting-while-driving?

        Will you be protesting the funeral, too?

    • Le Sigh

      Honestly… As sad as stories like this are, and as much as I feel for the parents who have lost a child… I just cannot muster any more sympathy beyond that at this point whenever I hear of YET ANOTHER person (usually a kid) who got themselves killed because they were texting and driving. I mean, come on, guys. This is not a new situation anymore, WE KNOW THIS IS DANGEROUS BY NOW, and yet kids and even adults just KEEP. FRICKING. DOING IT. Head, meet Desk. *slam*

      I fully expect to have the down-votes come onto me like an act of God now, but that’s just how I feel. I just cannot feel much other than an almost overwhelming sense of “are you freaking kidding me?!” whenever this happens anymore. *Sigh*

      • Roberta

        I feel a bit like you right now. Many of my friends are finally getting cars and I get beyond furious when they do anything with their phones while driving. My heart goes out to all of her friends and family, who will have to be the ones to struggle through this. At the same time you just want to grab each driver by the shoulders until they never text and drive.

      • AnnaJ

        Yes, my sympathy goes to the semi driver who has to live with the fact that s/he was driving a vehicle that killed someone, even if it was the other person’s fault.

    • hummingbird

      If your child refuses to listen to you regarding texting, take the phone away. Do you want a mad child or a dead child? Why are parents letting the children run the house and ignore the rules? As parents, we are supposed to protect our children and letting them text whenever is not providing protection. We lost our son at 19, not because he was texting, but the driver that hit him was drinking. The pain of however you lose your child never goes away fully. When I caught my adult son having a couple of drinks and driving, I let him have it with both barrels – no excuse – did he want someone else to go thru what we all went thru. He has not had a drink and driven since then that I am aware of. He said our conversation still rings in his head when his buddies say let’s go drinking. Again, what good are rules if you don’t enforce them – do you really want to protect your child?

    • Cee

      I live in California, a state where it is illegal to text and drive, and I know people who have gotten tickets (plural) for doing so and they just scoff at them as if they have the money, and potential life they can harm, to spare. It’s like you cant stop them from sending that uber important “lol” or the next instagrammed picture of the street sign they are on. It’s like people believe it wont happen to them. They have the arrogance to believe they are smarter than the girl in this and other stories, they are better drivers, they only text at the red light NEVER during driving, they just always say they have better control. They are all idiots…

      • Roberta

        In my driving course, the instructor hammered it into our head about how dangerous distracted driving is (and illegal in Ontario to boot). He then told a story of how he could not get one girl to promise to never text and drive. She wouldn’t even consider “only texting at red lights”. It scares me to think we share the road with her.

      • Cee

        Yep. Some people are like that. And, yes, as someone that shares the road with many people like this it is scary to know they have your life (not just theirs) in their hands and those hands are on a phone while operating a vehicle.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RetiredSceneQueen Emmali Lucia

        In High School health class we had this amazing woman come in with a presentation called “Trauma nurses talk tough.” She showed us real pictures of actual accidents (Complete with the dead and dying bodies inside the car), she told us that she hoped those images would give us nightmares so we’d never do anything as stupid as those people did (Texting and drinking while driving, and speeding).

        I still can’t get some of the images out of my head.

    • M.

      It seems a lot of people are wondering why, with all the evidence of how dangerous texting and driving is, why people are still doing it. What you guys need to remember is…how long has drinking and driving been around? Since the beginning of the motor vehicle. And have people “learned their lesson”? No. So texting and driving is here to stay. All we can do is try to educate people about what can happen and hope they make the right decision.

    • http://twitter.com/JolinarMalkshu1 Jolinar Malkshur

      Even teenagers should know by now that it’s dangerous to drive and text. Of course, they think they’re immortal and bad things only happen to other people. I feel for the parents.

    • A-nony-mous

      I feel like Zorbs and Le Sigh. It’s awful that such a young person has died but at the same time…better she pay for her stupidity than someone else. Too often it seems that the people doing the drinking and driving or texting and driving walk away with a few scratches but obliterate entire families from the world when they slam into them. At least in this case the consequences were only hers. Cold perhaps, but you have to take responsibility for your actions. If you’re going to get behind 2000 pounds of metal and then not look where you’re driving I sincerely hope that it’s only you that pays for it instead of some innocent person who was in the wrong place when you decided that you were God.

    • Yves

      It’s not just teens, adults do it too… including parents with small children in the car. It’s not just a lesson for those “stupid” teens. It’s a lesson for EVERYONE.

    • Sarah

      Seriously, though…I see a ton of adults doing this on the road all the time. I had a long roadtrip this weekend and twice I found myself behind drivers swerving all over the freeway. Yup, grown-ass men texting and driving, faces glued to a tiny plastic screen while barreling down the pavement at 70 miles per hour.

    • http://twitter.com/TwAlexLee Alex Lee

      Last week, the major telecommunications carriers have united behind the “It Can Wait” campaign, which kicks off today.

      http://itcanwait.com/

      More details about the who and why here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/14/att-unites-texting-idUSnPNCG13344+1e0+PRN20130514

    • allisonjayne

      I live in Toronto, and it’s illegal to text and drive here. and yet, our very own mayor has been caught doing it several times, and was also caught driving down a highway and READING, to which he responded, “yeah well I’m a busy man”. What the eff?

    • Amber

      Her very first solo drive and even then she couldn’t be bothered to pay attention…
      Thank God she only took herself out.