PAXICO, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman says she doesn't want anyone else to feel the pain of losing a loved one because of texting while driving.
Nineteen-year-old Ashley Umscheid died in 2009 while texting her sister, Amanda, as she drove near Manhattan. She lost control of her pickup, which flipped end over end and threw her into a ditch.
Since then, Amanda Umscheid of Paxico has worked to convince teenagers not to text while driving.
She's been part of television and radio commercials, billboards, flyers and pamphlets. She also travels about three times a month from Paxico to high schools and colleges around the country to speak about her sister's death.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/PtoSOO ) Kansas reported 495 wrecks involving cellphones last year, with three deaths and 234 injuries.