This story breaks my heart. It also feeds my anxiety.
Having a daughter that just graduated from high school makes this horrible story hit home very hard. I am utterly heartbroken for the families and friends of these young women whose lives were just beginning.
17 year old Bailey Goodman had just passed another vehicle on a two lane road when her SUV swerved into an oncoming tractor-trailer. Her vehicle crossed left into the oncoming lane. Authorities were able to determine that her cell phone had been in use receiving a text message less than one minute before the crash.
Who knows if Bailey was the one using the phone. We will never know. We also don’t know and will never know if it contributed to the accident or not. Drugs and alcohol were not involved.
We can’t drive for them. We have to let them go.
My daughter has been given the “don’t talk on the phone, jack with the radio, eat, tail gate, etc.” lecture and I always tell her to be careful before she leaves the house. She politely says, “I will, daddy.” I know she thinks she’s invincible. I thought so too at her age. But I also want her to realize how a split-second of carelessness can result in tragedy.
I can’t imagine how the parents of those girls feel. I just pray for them during this time of unbearable heartache.