Crash Victim Shares Message Against Texting and Driving

Janelle Bludau

jbludau@newscenter25.com

Updated: 9/27/2013 10:23 pm

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“When Chance first got his license, I always had a dream that he’d be in a horrific wreck.”

For Bobby Bothe, that dream became a reality for his son Chance back in January of 2012.

“I was text messaging a friend and I had told him I need to quit doing this, I could get in a serious wreck and die. He responded and I responded, and he said something and I said ‘on my way,’” said Chance Bothe.

Those three little words were all it took.

“Those were the words, ‘on my way,’ with a little exclamation point. As I sent that, I wasn’t looking and I flew off going like 55. And I dropped down like 30 feet into a concrete wall,” said Chance.

Bobby got the call and found Chance at the hospital.

“They led me in there to see him, and his face was smashed and blood everywhere. I couldn’t recognize he was my son,” said Bobby.

Even though Chance was pulled from the truck before it caught on fire, the damage had already been done.

“He was in a coma, he had broken both ankles, his leg, ribs, punctured lungs, sternum, neck, eye sockets, forehead, I can’t think what else. We were told he wouldn’t make it, probably wouldn’t make it, for sure, he wouldn’t walk or talk again,” said Bobby.

But 10 months later, that’s exactly what he was doing. But it wasn’t just physical healing, Chance had to re-learn everything.

“I had to re-grow up all over again,” said Chance.

“It’s against all medical reasoning for him to do what he does. They don’t have any words for it; they called it a miracle,” said Bobby.

Now Chance is sharing his story - from giving talks to students to even sharing it on television.

“Somehow I want to change the world. I need to speak out and influence people not to make the same mistake I did, you know,” said Chance.

And each time, he has the same message.

“Don’t distracted drive, because that’s just making a mistake every time. I’m a prime example of what can happen, but luckily I’m back up again. Like I’m supposed to be an amputee, I’m supposed to be a vegetable,” said Chance.

But as for Bobby, he said he’s just happy the reality ended differently than the dream.

“My dream ended up that he would end up in a wheelchair,” said Bobby.

“Don’t let a text message be you famous last words, go to itcanwait.com and take the pledge,” said Chance. 

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