DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Jamie Nash doesn’t remember the text, but her terror was caught on tape when she crashed her car near Ennis two years ago. Dashcam video from a responding patrol car captured her screams after she lost control of her car while sending a text.
“My car hit a culvert, and flipped a couple of times, landed against a tree and I was pinned inside,” says Nash, now 29. “It caught on fire and I was trapped for over 20 minutes, burning alive, and that ended it all right then. One split second, one split decision.”
Despite being warned, Nash openly admits that she was like many motorists– always with a phone in her hand– even with her kids in the car. She was, she says, the ultimate multi-tasking mom…until a near fatal crash proved her wrong.
“I felt such remorse… I did this. I caused this accident. Thank God I didn’t kill anybody else.”
Nash had 3rd and 4th degree burns over 70 percent of her body. “The burns went so deep, that it charred my bones.” She was not expected to survive. When she did, she was determined to help spread a simple, life-saving message: “Get off the phone– it can wait.”
According to the National Safety Council, 100,000 drivers crash while texting each year in the US. Nash likens it to drinking and driving, saying it’s the equivalent to drinking 4 beers and getting behind the wheel of a car.
“So you need to be thinking like that. They’re risking your life and yours when they’re texting next to you: get out of the way.”
Two years and 30 surgeries later, Nash is still recovering. But, she proudly shows off her scars, and speaks at schools and businesses– hoping others will learn to take the danger seriously.
“It can wait. Your life and somebody else’s life– it’s just not worth it.”
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