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VIDEO: Young woman shares life-changing story about texting and driving

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Nov 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-03 10:47:26-05

A video uploaded to YouTube by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, gives viewers a glimpse into the life of a young woman whose life was forever changed — by texting and driving.

Liz Marks was in high school when she became part of a tragic accident, which was caused by her reading a text while driving.

The incident left her blind in one eye, and diminished her ability to smell, create tears, fall asleep without medication and hear well. She says the most difficult part of all of it, was going from being very social and popular to being alone, without friends.

The video’s description, written from the perspective of Marks’ mother, reads: “This is the story of how my daughter Liz’s car accident from texting while driving has changed our lives forever. If you get a text, don’t look at it while you’re driving. It’s not worth it.”

In the video, her mom recalls getting ready for work, and then finding herself in a hospital with her daughter 12 hours later.

“The hardest part after the accident, is that I was alone,” Liz explains.

“I used my cell phone every second, every minute, every hour. If I didn’t have it, I would freak out.”

“My friends were there for me at first, but after a while, they weren’t.”

Watch her story in the video player above. Please remember never to text and drive.