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“All I saw was the glow from the phone on the other driver’s face.”
Fletcher Cleaves, a high school standout from Memphis, Tennessee, had just been named as a starter for the Lambuth University football team. But one mistake – one that he himself didn’t even make- changed his life forever. Cleaves, while driving home from practice and dinner with a friend on September 9, 2009, saw an oncoming driver drifting into his lane, swerved to avoid them, and flipped his car into an embankment. The oncoming driver was distracted from looking at their phone.
The accident left Cleaves paralyzed from the chest down, making everyday life a struggle. His parents eventually lost their jobs after needing to become full-time caregivers.
Now, six years, later, Fletcher has recently graduated from the University of Memphis and moved out on his own. Today, with the help of both AT&T and ESPN’s College GameDay, Fletcher’s story will reach the masses. And hopefully, it’ll serve as an important reminder of the consequences of using your cell phone for any purpose while driving.
According to research from AT&T, texting drivers are involved in over 200,000 accidents per year. Texting while driving doubles the risk of a crash or a near-crash.
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