Parents hope photo of son's fatal text serves as warning

6:31 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
This April 3, 2013 photo provided by the Greeley Police shows the text message University of Northern Colorado student Alexander Heit was typing when police say he lost control of his car and ran off the road. (AP Photo, Greeley Police)
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Denver, Colorado (AP) -- 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.

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 hole in the heart of everyone who loves you."