Man shares story of brain damage to discourage texting & driving

Published: Sep. 19, 2012 at 12:55 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:02 AM CST
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Wil Craig, image from AT&T documentary
Wil Craig, image from AT&T documentary

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Despite the warnings and statistics, thousands of American drivers continue to send and receive text messages, behind the wheel. Every year, more than 100,000 car accidents are the result of texting while driving.

Wil Craig, 22, knows all too well about those accidents, because he was the victim of one. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury at the age of 17, while riding passenger in a car. The driver, who was texting, crashed into a tree.

"They had to cut me out of the windshield to pull me out because the car was wrapped around the tree," Craig said.

Because of the severity of the crash, Wil could have easily died from the accident.

"I died three times before my 18th birthday," Craig said.

However, because he survived, he says he is now spending his life trying to save others. Wil is now a champion of anti texting and driving. His passion has captured the attention of AT&T and he is now part of their national campaign, called "It Can Wait." The campaign urges everyone to take a life long pledge to never text and drive.

"I'm not going to be a statistic. I'm going to go to college, live my life and have fun," Craig said.

Through his advocacy, Wil says he wants to end all cell phone use in cars.

"I really had it in my heart to be a hero, not just a hero to you nor just a hero to me, but a hero to everyone, because if I can save just one life, that's all that matters," Craig said.

The campaign launches Wednesday, September 19th. To take the "It Can Wait" Pledge, visit: www.itcanwait.org

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