Student Texted About Not Texting and Driving, Right Before Driving Off a Cliff [VIDEO]
Spoiler Alert: He Lived to Apply the Lesson
Six months ago, 21-year-old college student Chance Bothe was driving and texting. The last text he remembers sending: "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident."
And then he drove off a cliff.
Bothe broke his neck, crushed his face, fractured his skull and suffered major brain injuries, and had to be resuscitated three times by doctors, but he did survive the accident, and now's he's talking about applying the lesson he learned in the hardest way possible.
"(People) just need to understand, don't do it. Don't do it. It's not worth losing your life," Bothe told a Houston TV station. "I went to my grandmother's funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, 'I'm surprised that's not me up in that casket.' I came very close to that, to being gone forever."
Bothe, whose car veered off a bridge and plunged 35 feet into a ravine during his Jan. 24 accident, is finally about to leave an in-patient rehabilitation center in Houston, one which his father says he didn't think his son would survive.
"I said, 'Call the funeral home. He'll never make it,'" Bobby Bothe said he thought after being told of how badly his son had been injured. "We lost him three times. They brought him back. He coded three times.
"If I had a kid 16 years old starting to drive, they could have a phone but the texting feature wouldn't be on it. That's how strongly I believe it. It about took him," Bobby Bothe added.
The doctor in charge of the rehabilitation program where Bothe recovered says the center has seen a sad increase in text-and-driving-related injuries.
"Unfortunately we're seeing more and more patients here that had their brain injuries as a result of texting and driving. And unfortunately I don't think we're going to see a decrease in that anytime soon," Dr. Jacob Joseph told KHOU TV.
But Bothe, who still faces additional surgical procedures and rehab as a result of his accident, has pledged to do his part to make people aware of how a seemingly simple thing like texting while driving could prove fatal.
"What people have told me is the reason God didn't keep you away from this Earth is because you have something special to do," Bothe said. "And I believe what is special is that I should tell everyone not to text message and drive."
Watch the KHOU interview with Chance Bothe below: