On November 10, 2009, 17-year-old Alex Brown was killed when she crashed her truck on a rural road while she was on her way to school. She was carrying on text messaging to 4 different friends at the time of the crash, traveling at 70 mph and was not wearing a seat belt. Alex was thrown through the passenger side window and her truck rolled over, crushing her. Her friends reported that she was running late for school since she had been on Facebook that morning.
A senior at Seagraves High School in Seagraves, TX, Alex was ranked 2nd in her class. With her college credits, she would have been class valedictorian and a sophomore in college the day she graduated from high school. Alex was involved in many organizations and activities including: 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.
Alex’s parents are active in the fight to end texting and driving and have established the Remember Alex Brown Foundation. They travel from high school to high school pulling the remains of Alex’s mangled truck, talking to students about the dangers of texting while driving.
Alex is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Faces of Distracted Driving series. View it below: