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Remember Alex Brown- Support B.U.S.T

Updated on June 16, 2011

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RAB Foundation- Remember Alex Brown

On November 10th 2009, a 17 year old girl traveled down a road to school she had traveled down hundreds of times before. While she was driving, she was doing something most people do every time they are in their car headed to the store, to work, and to pick up the kids. On November 10th 2009, Alex Brown, a straight A student, the school mascot, a basketball player, a member of the FFA, a student, a friend, a daughter, and a sister left her home for the last time. When she didn’t show up to Seagraves High School for her 2nd period class, a call was made to Alex’s mother who was also a teacher at Seagraves High School. Alex’s mother Jeanne began calling her daughters cell phone, unable to get an answer she hurried through the school parking lot to her vehicle where she set out to retrace Alex’s normal route to school.

Before Jeanne arrived on the scene, she already knew something was not right, something was not okay with Alex. Jeanne approached the wreckage of her daughters while pickup truck, and immediately began to pray. Alex was not in the vehicle. As Jeanne cried, Alex, what have you done, her daughters cell phone which was lost in the wreckage began to go off, informing that a text message had been received. Jeanne found Alex lying on the ground away from the vehicle she had been driving.

Alex was transported to the local hospital, where she died later that same day. On November 10th, 2009, Alex’s parents lost their daughter, Alex’s sister lost her big sister, Alex’s school lost their Mascot and the world lost a beautiful person.

What could have caused this tragedy on November 10th 2009? Why did Alex Brown roll her white pickup truck, which launched her from the cab, before it then rolled over her body? Why did Alex Brown, a girl with all the promise in the world, lose her life too soon? The answer is one that we are all guilty of. Alex Brown died on November 10th 2009, because Alex Brown made a decision to Text and Drive. The distraction of her cell phone and sending a message to a friend, along with the decision not to wear a seatbelt, is what ultimately caused Alex Brown to lose her life.

Since the loss of Alex’s life, her family has not just mourned their loss, nor have they allowed their daughters life to of ended in vain. Jeanne and Johnny Brown now haul their daughters crushed pickup truck to high schools, and give presentations to teens on why they should make the conscience choice to not Text and Drive, using their daughter’s story as a real life story of ammunition to assist their pleas with the teens. Remember Alex Brown, and do not become a statistic. Remember Alex Brown, do not take your life for granted. Remember Alex Brown, Do Not Text and Drive, for life’s sake.

BUST- Buckle Up and Don't Text

As many know, I write content for a San Antonio website design and development company. I had just completed the SEO content for a San Antonio Body and Paint Shop, for the SEO Company within the Website Design Company I work for, when a page was added to the site. The site would be dedicated to show support for this cause and to show respect to this family and the life of this admirable young woman. Alex’s story brought me to tears, both as I watched a series of videos and as I wrote the content for the Body Shops webpage. What a senseless act and horrible consequence- I cannot even count how many times I have text messaged a friend, my employer or my family while driving a car before I learned of Alex’s Story. I can however count how many times I have sent or read a text message while driving my car, since I have seen this story, ZERO.

Nothing I can say over a text message is worth my life, worth the life of my passengers or worth the life of others whom are driving on the roads, NOTHING! If I am running late, or if I need to send a text, it is a better much safer idea to pull over and do and or say what I need, before merging back into traffic. Is your life worth a LOL (laugh out loud) or OMG (oh my God)text message? Because OMG, LOL may be the last thing you have a chance to say if you don't take the time to really think. IDK (I don't know) if LOL is so important, you are willing to die for it, and you don't really need to say TTYL(talk to you later), if you don't text TTYL is already understood. Make sure you can BRB(be right back), wait until you stop to text message.

Think Twice While You Drive

Please take the time to watch this video, and please think twice next time you Text and Drive. I would rather not write another website page dedicated in your memory. Buckle Up Stop Texting… (B.U.S.T. in loving memory of Alex Brown).

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    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      aguasilver, yes this was a very sad and touching lesson to learn. I now think of this story (her story) every time I get in the car...Thanks so much for the read and the comment.

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      John Harper 

      6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      ....and a great makeover video!

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      John Harper 

      6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thankfully I am incapable of texting and driving, and have driven long enough to even ignore calls to my mobile when I am driving, or at least pull over before I answer.

      Sad hub about a beautiful child lost forever.

      John

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Fay Paxton= Thanks so much for the comment, and for reading. The message is very clear and I hope that people get it, because too many people die this way for no reason at all.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Up, very useful and awesome. An excellent message.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      QudsiaP1-thank you miss for reading and for giving some feedback, it is appreciated!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      scauthor1969- it is sad...too many lives are lost for no good reason at all...and there is no one to blame but our own...thanks for reading and for commenting

    • QudsiaP1 profile image

      QudsiaP1 

      7 years ago

      Very useful hub.

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      scauthor1969 

      7 years ago from Upstate South Carolina

      It is sad that something so simple as putting down the phone and wearing your seat belt could have saved a life. It happens everywhere and people still complain about having to wear their seat belt. I just do not get it.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Dexter Yarbrough - thanks for reading and for commenting, I appreciate the feedback.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      William F. Torpey,

      Thanks for the comment. I lost a cousin 7 years ago from a car accident. She wasnt wearing a seatbelt and it was late at night, they are not sure what happened, but her body was found 65 feet from her overturned pickup truck 5 hours after the accident. Life has no guarantees, but why put ourselves at risk of death on purpose when the risk is already there each and every day? Very stupid and preventable...

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Paradise7- Thanks and I completely agree...when you are driving...JUST DRIVE...Wait to text, talk, put on makeup whatever they do in the car...just drive...

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      zzron- Thanks for the comment and thanks for spreading the word :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Great message. Thank you for sharing. Powerful message.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I have so much trouble texting at home that it would be absurd for me to even think of doing it in a car! Young people sometimes don't understand how fast a small distraction can turn to tragedy in a car. It only takes one small distraction to turn pleasure to pain. Let's hope they get the message.

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I really think cell phones should be banned while driving, just like drinking and driving is banned. It's just too risky. Thanks, HC, for this great hub to remind all the cell phone addicts out there to give it a rest while driving a car. Please!

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      zzron 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Awesome message. I am spreading the word.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      dahoglund - most people cant do anything else while texting...which is why they have accidents, burn dinners and ignore their kids... very sad-very true though. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't text driving or not.But I admit I am not in the right age group for it and don't even understand it's appeal.I don't know how anyone can do anything else while doing it.

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