It is an absolutely heartbreaking image that shows the last words a Colorado college student typed before he was killed in a car accident.
The parents of 22-year-old Alexander Heit are hoping the release of the jarring image from the April 3 crash in Greeley will raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.
The screen grab from the man’s iPhone shows the boy’s final words: “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw”
The message ends abruptly in jibberish. It was never sent.
According to the Associated Press, what happened next is terrifying. Heit found himself in the path of oncoming traffic, and as he jerked the wheel drove the car off the road, overturning the vehicle repeatedly. The University of Northern Colorado student died later.
The photo, first published by the Greeley Tribune, was released by police at the parents’ behest in the hopes that it would send a life-saving message to drivers.
“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,” his mother, Sharon Heit, said in a message released by police on her behalf.
The young man, authorities said, had a flawless driving record until the tragedy his parents hope will save lives.