Mother’s Story Warns of Dangers of Texting and Driving
Blamed for Nearly 50 Deaths in Minnesota in 2014
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According to the Department of Public Safety, a quarter of fatal crashes in the state of Minnesota alone are a result from texting and driving.
Nearly 17,000 accidents occurred from this in 2014 alone, and nearly 50 people lost their lives.
Now, Kelsey Dyals is doing what she can to stop those numbers from repeating themselves this year.
“I was actually going through the intersection, when the accident occurred, I didn’t see it coming, but Shelby did, and then it just happened,” said Dyals.
Her 21-month-old son Henry was severely injured in July when a teenage driver caused a head-on collision while reading a text message.
“I wouldn’t have to sit there and try and keep him awake because he was going unconscious and rub his leg to try and keep him awake,” said Dyals.
Henry was in a fight for his life after a CT scan showed he was bleeding from the right side of his brain as the result of a crash caused by someone who was texting while driving.
“Just looking, glancing away four, or five seconds, if you’re driving 55 mph, you’re driving a length of a football field. That’s a lot of things to run into,” said Donna Berger, director of the Office of Traffic Safety.
The National Safety Council says you’re 23 times more likely to get into an accident when you text and drive.
“We try to do our best to enforce it, but it comes down to each and every individual who’s driving to take the responsibility to make sure they’re doing the right thing,” said Eagan Police Officer Michael Schneider who cared for Henry at the scene.
Henry is now recovering after the lifesaving surgery at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, but is still taking anti–seizure medication as a precaution.
Authorities hope Henry’s story will remind drivers texting and driving is a serious problem.