An Emotional Plea to Stop Texting While Driving

Posted at: 03/21/2013 6:52 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Parents of a Byron student killed while texting and driving spoke out Thursday with the hope others will learn from this accident.

Deej Logan died when she hit a school bus back in September. Investigators later discovered she had been texting and driving.

Her parents spoke to students at Dover-Eyota High School about the dangers of texting of driving.

It was a very emotional speech for Deej Logans parents. This was only the second time they've shared this story with students. The first time was with deej’s classmates.

They said while it doesn't get easier they are hoping that each and every teen will think twice before picking up their phone while driving.

"It's not easy, it's really hard," said Deej’s mom Megan Logan.

For her and her husband Matt Logan going back to the accident on September 4th, 2012 is difficult.

"Her first day being a Senior was also her last," said Matt Logan.

But as difficult as it is they want everyone to hear the story of how their daughter Deej died when she looked down at her phone to text and crashed into a stopped school bus.

"To lose your whole life over a message, it's really tragic and we wouldn't wish that on anyone so were here to save a life," said Megan Logan.

The students were speechless as the Logan’s showed pictures of not only Deej’s mangled car, but also her body. An emotional story they hope has a big impact.

"I'm definitely not going to text and drive,” said one student.

As hard as it is to talk about, it also helps.

"It's nice to hear from the kids afterwards and they say some of the things that impacted them, that's part of the healing process," said Matt Logan.

The Logan's know all too well how it only takes one look at the phone to end a life.

"She often would scold us if we answered a phone call, so she knew that you shouldn't be doing that, but she made that choice and it cost her life," said Megan Logan.

The Logans plan to continue share their story with more schools.

This speech was part of Dover-Eyotas “Louder Online week”.