Fatal text message: Photo released of message son sent before Greeley crash

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This April 3, 2013 photo provided by the Greeley Police shows the text message University of Northern Colorado student Alexander Heit was typing to an unidentified person when police say he lost control of his car and ran off the road. He was taken to North Colorado Medical Center where he later died. Now his […]

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At the behest of his parents, the Greeley Police Department released this photo of the text Alexander Heit was in the middle of sending before the accident that killed him. (Photo: Greeley PD)
At the behest of his parents, the Greeley Police Department released this photo of the text Alexander Heit was in the middle of sending before the accident that killed him. (Photo: Greeley PD)

DENVER — 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.

According to the Associated Press, 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.

The photo, published Wednesday in The Greeley Tribune, shows Heit was responding to a friend by typing “Sounds good my man, seeya soon” followed by a few letters before crashing.

In a statement released through police, Heit’s mother says texting while driving can “tear a whole in the heart of everyone who loves you.”

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