Last Wednesday, Chance Bothe was released from a hospital after driving his pick-up truck off of a bridge and plummeting over 30 feet into a ravine last January. What’s remarkable about this particular truck accident is that the 21-year-old had been texting a friend and wrote, “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident,” prior to doing just that.
As WBTV reported, Bothe had to be resuscitated three times. He also suffered traumatic brain injury and broke just about every bone in his body. After undergoing two facial reconstructions, rehabilitation and learning how to speak again, Chance was released from the hospital last Wednesday after six months of treatment.
For the first time, he told reporters that he worried whether he was going to make it.
“I went to my grandmother's funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking … I'm surprised that's not me up in that casket,” he said. “I came very close to that, to being gone forever.”
As HuffPo reported, Chance believes he was given another chance to live in order to spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving. He, along with several family members and friends, have founded an organization called UnSend. According to Today.com, Chance hopes that this organization will help people think twice about pulling out their phone while they’re behind the wheel.
"They just need to understand, don't do it. Don't do it. It's not worth losing your life,” he said. According to the organization’s website, distracted driving kills nearly 6,000 people every year.
In honor of Chance, “Keep it in your pants!”