Great Hang Up: Family shares pain of daughter's death

10:46 AM, Sep 9, 2011   |    comments
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Her death inspired a new law in Maryland and the renaming of a highway in Polk County.  Now Heather Hurd's story is part of a nationwide campaign to end distracted driving.

In January, 2008 Heather and her fiannce were heading to Disney World where she worked, to meet with a wedding planner and her parents.  They were stopped at a light on U.S. Highway 27 near the Polk County line when they were hit by a tractor trailer. 

Investigators believe the driver was texting at the time.  He caused a chain reaction crash that killed Heather Hurd and another woman.

Now her parents, Russell and Kim Hurd, are share Heather's story as part of the Department of Transportation's video series "Faces of Distracted Driving."

"She had a special little giggle that would just brighten my day," Russell Hurd says in the video. "And I think I miss that the most.  That little giggle is what I miss the most."

"I have a hard time with the future," adds Kim Hurd. "I have a hard time making new memories because I don't have new pictures.  It's hard to make plans for future events becasue Heather can't be here."

This past January, the state renamed a portion of U.S. Highway 27 as the Heather Hurd Memorial Highway.  And in her home state of Maryland, the anti-texting law is named in her honor.


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