POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 5:48pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — When Trisha and Robert Taylor's phone rang four years ago, the news they received forever changed their lives. "On April 26, 2010 we received a call that our daughter Alexandria had been in a car accident," said Trisha, her mother. The senior at Brownsboro High School was driving home from school, and she collided with an 18-wheeler. According to witnesses, Alex was texting and driving. Two days later doctors pronounced her brain dead.
"We just want no one else to go through the devastation of losing a child... its hard I know... if we can reach to just one person," said Trisha. In remembrance and to raise awareness, the Taylor's are having their second annual 'For the love of Alex' race at the Lonestar Speedway. The winning racer will take home $1,300. They're hoping for the race to be fun, but more importantly, to serve a deeper purpose to everyone there. "What we're trying to do is bring awareness out to the kids and the people out there to not use their phones," said Trisha.
They decided to hold a race because of the family's passion for it. "He's always raced, and this is what we did on the weekends, the kids were always involved in it, and she was his racing buddy," said Trisha. They said Alex had a true love for the races.
They're hoping for the love of Alex, someone will be inspired and stop texting and driving. "Your life is so much more important than what's on the other end of that phone. Put it down, turn it off, do whatever you can do, so that you can go back home," said Trisha. Robert concluded with, "life is short enough, it isn't worth the phone, the text message, theres people out there that love and care about you and that want to see you come home."
For more information check out their Facebook page, 'For the love of Alex, stop texting and driving .'