Angelina Holloway death is now the focus of an anti-texting and driving campaign in Florida.
A simple text message took the life of 19-year-old Angelina Holloway.
Her death is now the focus of a new anti-texting and driving campaign in Citrus County.
On April 18, 2016, while driving home, Angelina veered off of the road in Floral City and crashed her car against a tree. They died on impact.
“When I heard her phone the next day, it was in the debris in her car at the bottom of everything,” said Marvalene Corlett, Holloway’s mother.
Her last text was sent at 2:11 a.m. that day to her boyfriend to say: “I can’t wait to see you this weekend!”
At 2:15 pm, a deputy found Holloway’s wrecked car.
This simple text to her bf is what killed 19 y.o. Angelina Holloway. She is the face of @SheriffCitrus #JustDriveCitrus campaign. Story @ 6 pic.twitter.com/HkvNNgvZNr
— Crystal Clark Fox 13 (@1crystalclark) 19 December 2017
“It is terrible, because they knew better,” said Corlett.
Her daughter had a full life for her. The Citrus High School graduate planned to study psychology at Southeastern University in Lakeland. They had been approved to study abroad.
“She was planning to go to Uganda for the mission. She was excited, and three days later is when life changed for all of us,” said Corlett.
A year after Holloway’s death, her mother is helping to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving through a campaign launched by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday called #JustDriveCitrus.
Angelina Holloway’s face and the text message that took her life – is what drivers along the side of Highway 41 in Inverness until January.
“I want the touch of the heart. I want them to see that it is a reality, that it happens,” said Deputy Michele Tewell, who has helped in the launch of the campaign. “It took Angelina’s life, but it also had consequences for her family and all her friends, so it’s not worth it.”
Deputy Tewell said the annual campaign focuses mostly on DUI awareness, but with the traffic crashes by 17 percent this year in Citrus County, they felt that it was necessary to take texting and driving awareness.
“More and more people have mobile phones than drinking alcohol,” said Tewell.
Corlett, says her daughter always had the hope of helping others as an adult, with the intention to one day adopt children from other countries. She said that she knows that her daughter’s death will have a major impact on the entire community.
“She is already a changed life with her friends. Many of them have no text. She put the phone up and away,” said Corlett.
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