last words were memorable because they were thoughtful: “A dying man can do
This AT&T documentary from 2013 starts with the
heartbreaking story of a young girl, Mariah West, dying just
before graduation — “all because of a senseless text message,” said
Grant Hendrix, a trooper with the Missouri Highway Patrol.
“When I got to the scene, her face was disfigured from
sliding down the roadway,” the officer explains. “It’s funny, the first thing I
noticed about her was her shoes. Lying in the roadway in a large pool of blood,
I noticed her shoes and I thought ‘this is a young girl.’ At that point is
when I noticed her cap and gown was still in her car. She was going to graduate
the next day. It was just a really horrific scene.”
And there are more.
The sister of another victim, Ashley, tells her
family’s story, including the final details of her sister’s life.
Ashely was reading a text her sister had sent when she died.
“When she looked up, she had clipped the median on the left hand
side of the road. Her truck flipped, and as it was flipping, she was
actually ejected from the driver’s side door. And she landed in the ditch about
300 feet from her truck,” her sister shared.