A Canadian man grieving over his girlfriend’s death released the final text messages she sent before her car slammed into the back of a truck, hoping they serve as a warning to others who engage in the deadly practice.
Mathieu Fortin and Emy Brochu, 20, were carrying out a conversation via text on Jan. 18 before she died. Police said the texting contributed to her death, CTV reported.
“This conclusion was a shock because during the tragedy, I was having a conversation with her by text,” Fortin writes in French on a Facebook tribute. “I have attached our latest texts for awareness and ask you to think twice before texting and driving.”
Brochu’s crash happened about 10:45 a.m. as she drove to school near Montreal.
Fortin said he was unaware she was driving at the time.
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She wrote to him, The Toronto Sun reported, “I love you too and I’ll try to make you happy.”
He responded, “I would have preferred to hear your beautiful voice, but anyway ... We’ll talk again this evening before six. Have a good day at school bb, I kiss you all over :)”
When she didn’t respond, he wrote, “Is everything ok my love?”
Despite a growing ban on texting or talking while driving, it still contributes to 24 percent of American car crashes, ABC News reported.
“It’s important to remember that most cell phone communications require two parties,” the National Safety Council’s David Teater told ABC. “It takes two to text, so you have a responsibility not to participate in such risky behavior. It’s almost like letting a friend leave a bar drunk and get behind the wheel.”
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