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Teen death teaches danger of texting while driving

Alex Brown, a senior at Seagraves High School, died Nov. 10 in a texting while driving accident.


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Students gathered in the gymnasium Wednesday for an assembly over the dangers of texting while driving. Those in attendance heard from Johnny Mac and Jeanne Brown of Wellman, Texas who lost their 17 year old daughter, Alexandria “Alex” Marie Brown, to a texting while driving accident in November.

Alex died Nov. 10 in Lubbock after she rolled her truck and was ejected from the vehicle while driving to school. Investigators said she was driving above the speed limit and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. In addition, her cell phone record indicated that she had replied to a text message moments before losing control of the vehicle.

Alex was a senior at Seagraves High School in Wellman. She was involved in FFA, FCA, FTA, Basketball, Cheerleading, OneAct Play, the Leadership Team, the Kairos Prison Ministry and the Drama Ministry with the Youth Group at Calvary Baptist Church.

As a result of their daughter’s death, the Brown’s founded Buckle Up and Stop Texting (B.U.S.T.). B.U.S.T. is a program to educate youth and adults of dangers associated with texting and driving.

After the assembly, students had the opportunity to sign a committ to not use their cell phone and always wear a seat belt while operating a motor vehicle. More information about Alex, B.U.S.T. and the pledge can be found at www.bust2today.org.

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12 Responses to “Teen death teaches danger of texting while driving”

  1. Morgan on January 30th, 2011 9:29 pm

    Omg this made me cry

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  2. Amands on January 31st, 2011 6:48 pm

    This is a terrible thing but opened my eyes. Me and my bestfriend made a promise not to text and drive and always wear a seatbelt…we will be signing the commitment to b.u.s.t and alex and the brown family….

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  3. Rhonda on February 4th, 2011 10:56 pm

    I’m a 29 year old girl from Akron, Ohio, and after hearing about Alex on home make over I promised to myslef to stop texting while driving and to make sure I stop people from doing it too! Nothing is worth die’n for!! I’m so sorry for your lost <3

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  4. Jelena on April 5th, 2011 2:20 pm

    I think people shouldn’t text while they are driving, they should think about their lives before they ever do something in a car while they are driving.

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  5. I_Love_Alex_Brown on May 18th, 2011 12:40 pm

    Alex Brown will always be remebered. jeanne, jonny mack, katrina, and our family all miss her dearly. do you family a favor and buckle up and put your phone away while driving.

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  6. Shelby on May 19th, 2011 4:24 pm

    when i read this story i cryed. because i have lost a love one to texting and driving and i wish i could just get people to stop

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  7. Melissa Buchanan on May 29th, 2011 10:11 pm

    your family is one of a kind… I am so sorry what happen to you guy’s… Stay strong and keep up the good work you are doing… I have a eighteen year old and a fifteen year old… So I know how hard it is to get them to stop txting while they are driving… If you could every come to Weatherford TX Please let me know… Good luck to you and your family and hang in there…. Dont give up….

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  8. Reva Wisener on May 29th, 2011 11:14 pm

    iits wonderful how youare working to get the message out abouttxt and driving n
    my daughter is 16 will be 17 in sept im worriede about her txting and driving.we just saw your story on the extreme home make over show . and we would like some of ur thumb band please send thank you

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  9. bielizna termoaktywna on September 8th, 2011 10:26 am

    Nice website. This is precisely what i was seeking.

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  10. Yanira Diaz on September 27th, 2011 1:16 pm

    I want to thank the Brown family for coming to my school today. They helped me understand the danger of texting while driving. I’m so sorry for their loss. She was such a beautiful girl and had a smile to go with it.

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  11. Demi on November 11th, 2011 7:53 pm

    This is so sad for a young person like myself to die:'(
    r.i.p <3 xxxxx This is helped me understand texting while driving.
    She was such a nicelooking girl!
    Sorry for you loss Mr & mrs brown xx
    Demi Christensen <3!xxxx (uk)

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  12. Dillion W Hopson on January 4th, 2012 8:48 am

    This is so sad, I live in Baltimore, Maryland, in Middle River… This is very sad and I now see that raising the driving age is best in for us in MD…. RIP

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