HOUSTON, Texas (KHOU) – A college student in Texas says he is lucky to be alive after he drove off a cliff while texting. Chance Bothe, a 21-year-old college student, was headed home when he texted a prophetic message: I need to quit texting because I could die in a car accident. Seconds later, Bothe plunged off a bridge, then a cliff and ended up in a deep ravine. Bothe’s father said his son suffered a broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull and traumatic brain injuries. “I said, ‘Call the funeral home. He’ll never make it,’” said Bobby Bothe, Chance’s father. “We lost him three times. They brought him back. He coded three times.” Six months later, Bothe has recovered about 80 percent. He talked with KHOU-TV’s Kevin Reece on his last day of rehab. That’s where he learned to talk and walk again.
Texting and driving is a weird thing. It’s something you get mad at when you see other people doing it on the road, feel uncomfortable when your friends are doing it, yet without fail once you’re behind the wheel you will do it. Can’t really explain it, I guess it’s just the addiction we all have to our phones. Like the other day my phone wasn’t working and as I drove home from work I saw shit I’ve literally never seen before. Without my head buried in my twitter feed it’s like driving though a whole new world. It’s like drunk driving: when someone gets a DUI or kills someone in an accident you think “I can’t believe they did that, what a scumbag,” but if you want to say you’ve never gotten behind the wheel while flirting with the legal limit you’re an absolute liar. Not saying everyone drives blackout, but everyone has hopped in after having like 3 beers in an hour. And no one is ever going to stop doing either one. The only advice I can give is never text anything about almost dying while texting and driving. That won’t look good when they pull your body from the wreckage and check your outbox.