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Alex Brown, 17 – TX

Alex BrownOn 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.

Alex was full of life, fun loving, had a great sense of humor and a huge heart, loving everyone and teaching friends to love one another. She excelled in all that she did.alex brown

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 brown 7Alex had a beautiful smile. When she had her braces off of her teeth, she told her younger sister, Katrina, that she would one day be in a toothpaste commercial.

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: