Raleigh, NC - A father from Asheville is hoping the display of his daughter's wrecked car will capture the attention of state fairgoers. He wants to send the message that texting while driving can kill.
Amos Johnson lost his daughter Ashley in a crash in May. Troopers said that Ashley was trying to read a text when her car crossed the center line and collided with a pickup truck. She died from her injuries the next day.
"The day that she died, a part of me died too," Johnson said.
Now, the crumpled car that Ashley was driving that day is on display at the North Carolina State Fair. Amos Johnson attended the fair to see the car, it was the first time he had seen it since the crash.
"Somebody's going to see this car, and they're going to stop texting and driving. I know they will," said Johnson.
A recent AAA study shows that 46 percent of teens surveyed admitted to texting while driving. This is despite a texting ban while driving in most states including North Carolina. Teenagers are also banned from talking on a cell phone while driving in North Carolina.
THE GREAT HANG UP: WFMY News 2 is encouraging everyone from teens to adults to sign a pledge to hang up the phone while driving. You can sign the pledge here.
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