They found the iPhone of 22-year-old Alexander Heit, with the unfinished text message displayed on the screen.
Before Heit had a chance to finish the message, his car drifted onto the other side of the road. He overcorrected, lost control, and veered off the highway, flipping and rolling until the car came to a stop.
Heit died a short time later in a hospital.
Now, the Heit family and the Greeley Police Department are sharing the photo of the unfinished text message in hopes that other families may avoid the tragedy and loss of a family member.
“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this,” said Sharon Heit, Alexander Heit’s mom. “Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. 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. And in honor of Alex’s memory, please do something kind for a stranger who needs help, as Alex always wished for a world were people were kinder to each other.”