Texas man texts 'I need to quit texting' before crash
Chance Bothe, 21, drove this pick up truck off a bridge moments after sending this: 'I need to quit texting.'
Published Friday, August 3, 2012 10:39AM EDT
After six months of rehab, a college student is warning motorists about the dangers of texting while driving after he drove off a bridge – right after pressing send on a text message.
Chance Bothe, 21, knew that texting while driving was risky. That was what he was writing about just before his crash on January 24.
He said he wrote, "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident."
“And right after that, I got in a car crash," Bothe told ABC13 in Houston.
Bothe suffered a broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries. Doctors had to bring him back to life three times.
He has made a dramatic recovery and will be able to go on and live a normal life, doctors said.
Now, six months later, he is finishing rehab and ready to spread the message – don’t text and drive.
"God saved my life somehow. I know I died like three times but God didn't keep me away from coming back here," Bothe said on ABC13.
"I have a higher purpose in being here. And I think it's to tell everyone don’t text message and drive."
He is planning to finish college, but his brain injuries will make that more challenging.
Bothe's father said if he had a child just learning to drive, he would disable texting and Internet on their phone.