Kassy Kerfoot was on her way to a friend's house on December 29, 2009. She was driving on a busy, five-lane highway when she lost control of her car and hit two oncoming vehicles. She died five hours later.
At the time of the crash, Kassy, 18, was texting with a friend.
"We had talked about it and talked about it so many times," says Kassy's mother, Liz Catherman. "She never thought something like this would happen to her. [She thought] she was good enough at texting, and she was fast at it, so nothing could happen."
Liz Catherman shares her story in our latest Faces of Distracted Driving video.
Liz now advocates against distracted driving so other families don't have to replay the same nightmare over and over again:
"If you think it’s a personal choice, it’s not. When you’re on a public road, you’re involving the public. You’re making it everybody’s problem. And I just thank god that my daughter didn’t take any other lives."
For more information on talking with your teens about the dangers of distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov. Students can find easy ways to help their peers break this deadly habit on our young drivers' site.
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