LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Brown family buried their 17-year-old daughter Alex a week ago Friday. NewsChannel 11 has learned from her family that the high school senior was texting when her pickup swerved off Old Seagraves Highway near Wellman. Troopers say she was not wearing her seat belt. Her family is speaking out because they don't want anyone else to have to go through the same experience.
Jeanne and Johnny Mac Brown say what happened to their daughter can be prevented. They don't want Alex to be seen as just another teenager who died in a car accident. They know her legacy will live on. The Browns hope their tragedy will make people change their driving habits.
"I didn't know that road was so long," says Jeanne Brown about the morning she went to look for her daughter. "I didn't even recognize the truck. It was just a metal box and I was like ‘oh my goodness that is Alex's truck'," adds Brown.
The morning of her daughter's death Brown says she knew exactly what her daughter was doing. "She was on the computer too long and late for school. I knew she was texting. I have told her before not to drive on Old Seagraves Highway because it is dangerous and not to text," says Brown.
Brown was the first to find her daughter. She had been thrown from her truck. The Browns say they prayed by their daughter's side and watched as the paramedics did everything they could to save her. "I wanted her to be okay because God had so much for her to do. She had so much talent and loved life," says Brown.
Now that Alex is gone, the Browns feel it is time for them to speak out. "She didn't have a seat belt on and was texting and it was that series of choices that took her life. God stepped in when she was so injured and when he knew she wasn't going to survive," says Johnny Mac Brown.
Alex's dad says the hardest thing he has ever had to do was hold his daughter's hand as she slipped away. "Until kids make the choice that they are more valuable than the text message and that their lives are more valuable, it is not going to stop," says Alex's mom.
"If the text message is that important pull over and read it. That way your parents don't have to do what we did. They don't have to go find you and they don't have to bury you," says Brown.
The family says that their faith has given them the strength to get through this tragedy. Jeanne Brown says a law against texting and driving may not be a bad idea.
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