Texting while driving almost cost 21-year-old Chance Bothe his life on January 24. And one of the final texts he sent was a chilling acknowledgement of the danger he had put himself in.
"I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident," he typed shortly before plummeting off a Texas bridge into a ravine, according to WBTV.
Incredibly, Bothe survived the crash, but just barely. He had to be revived 3 times and suffered serious brain injuries and broke nearly every bone in his body. The past six months, Bothe has been in rehab, trying to regain the ability to function as he did before the accident.
Only now can he finally talk about the crash.
"Don't do it. It's not worth losing your life," Bothe said, per the Daily News. "I went to my grandmother's funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, I'm surprised that's not me up in that casket. I came very close to that, to being gone forever."
Cell phones have become a part of our daily lives and, because of this, they have begun to interfere with our driving habits at alarming rates. Dr. Jacob Joseph, from Bothe's rehabilitation program, told The Daily News that the he has seen more and more serious injuries resulting from texting behind the wheel.
"And unfortunately I don't think we're going to see a decrease in that anytime soon," he said.
The issue has caused numerous advocacy groups and more than a couple of politicians to call for sweeping bans of handheld devices in the car. Recently, the entire town of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed legislation that made any kind of distracted driving illegal and subject to a $25 fine.
Check out the video above to see Bothe's incredible story. And remember, texting can wait until you're out of the car.