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Texting And Driving Presentation Coming To LHS

KSCB News - January 3, 2012 3:57 pm

An ordinary day quickly turned into a nightmare for the Brown family from Wellman, Texas, changing their life forever and setting in motion a mission they never imagined. The Browns will be in Liberal at the James Maskus Auditorium to tell their story on Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m.
On Nov. 10, 2009, 17 year-old Alex Brown of Wellman headed to school as normal, driving her white pickup. Unfortunately, Alex never made it to school; she was killed in a one-vehicle accident after losing control of her pickup while texting and driving.
Alex’s family, Mom and Dad — Johnny Mac and Jeanne and younger sister Katrina — have since turned their loss into a mission to reveal the “Faces of Distracted Driving” and raise awareness to prevent other families from suffering as they have.
The Browns set out traveling to High Schools, pulling Alex’s smashed pickup on a trailer as a visual reminder of the dangers of texting and driving, everywhere they tour.
A year later, the Brown’s mission caught the attention of the hit TV show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” who, with the help of Palm Harbor Homes, built the Brown’s a new home and set up the “Remembering Alex Brown Foundation” to help the Browns on their mission.
Jeanne Brown tells students, “The number one killer of our teens is distracted driving and we don’t want another family to go through what we have.”
The foundation website encourages drivers to pledge to not text and drive and sells “r.a.b.” thumb-bands to wear as a reminder not to text and drive.
The Brown presentation coming to Liberal is part of a class project in Liberal High Teacher Mariah Cline’s class.
For more information on the foundation, visit the website at


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