'It hurts so bad': 22-year-old's heartbreaking last words after she crashes into car while texting and driving
22-year-old Danielle Delgado Garcia was reportedly on Snapchat when her Chevy rear-ended a semi on US 56 on May 26
Embattled mother Jacque Tierce still remembers hearing ambulance sirens in the morning and praying for whoever was in an emergency situation moments before she heard the news of her daughter's car accident.
In a blog post for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), Tierce recounted her tragic story and poured her heart out in a much-needed release.
A couple of minutes after she heard the grim sounds, she received a text message from her daughter's coworker informing her that 22-year-old Danielle Delgado Garcia was late for work. Danielle had arranged daycare for her son, Jayce, so that she could go to work at about 7.30 am on the morning of May 26.
Tierce then received a call from Danielle's phone a couple of minutes later. She says she was almost certain it would be someone other than her daughter on the line. “I answered, knowing it would not be Danielle’s voice on the other line,” she wrote.
She was right. A trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol had used her daughter's phone to contact her.
According to the Hays Post, Danielle was involved in a crash just before 8 am on the fateful day. The crash report stated that the 22-year-old was driving eastbound on US 56 in Larned when her Chevy rear-ended a semi that was turning right.
Danielle had to be rushed to a nearby hospital before she was airlifted to a Wichita hospital due to the severity of her injuries. However, before the airlift, Tierce had the opportunity to listen to her only daughter's last words.
“Mom, it hurts so bad Mom. My stomach hurts so bad," she cried. “I got to tell her I loved her and squeeze her hand before she went out again and was loaded into the helicopter,” Tierce told KDOT.
Danielle died the same day in the hospital despite the doctors' best efforts.
“The nights are the worst,” Tierce told KAKE. “When you have time to think about the last conversation I had with her.”
It was later revealed that Danielle had been using Snapchat when she crashed her car, according to KDOT.
“All because of texting while driving, a 22-year-old’s life is cut short,” KDOT tweeted, “a son loses his mom and a mom loses her daughter.”
All because of texting while driving, a 22-year-old’s life is cut short - a son loses his mom and a mom loses her daughter. #PBFDKS Read Jacque Tierce’s story - https://t.co/h2eiNcOv8N pic.twitter.com/cW9jRXudso— KDOT (@KDOTHQ) September 19, 2018
The devastated mother couldn't believe her fate, but less than two weeks after Danielle's death, she mustered all her strength and started a campaign to encourage people to stop texting while driving, with a hashtag that made waves across the internet for a while - #doitfordanielle
“No text message, Facebook post, or Snapchat is worth a life,” the campaign photo reads. “Please put your phone up while you are driving.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people across America were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016 alone.
“Texting is the most alarming distraction,” according to the NHTSA. “Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”