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A Very Sad Last Tweet


If you are a news scanner, like I am, you probably saw that Dr. Frank Ryan (Plastic Surgeon to the stars) was killed on Monday, August 16, 2010 when his car drove over a cliff near his home in Los Angeles. At the time of the first report, the article I read said that Dr. Ryan did not drink or use drugs.  It turns out now, however, that he was Tweeting about his dog at the time of the crash (Heidi Montag Plastic Surgeon Frank cell phoneRyan Texting Before Fatal Crash).

It is really hard to know what will get people to change this behavior. While it is very sad that this man died while texting/Tweeting, I hope that the cause of his death will get a lot of publicity. Especially for teens, and even busy executives, who are tied to their Blackberries, iPhones and Droids, the need to be in constant contact is virtually addictive.

The lure of the vibrating phone is one that is hard for all of us to turn away from, but it is critical that we continue to talk about the threat to personal and public safety caused by texting, emailing and tweeting while driving.

As the new school year begins, make a vow (if you haven't already done so) to put down the phone when you drive. If you don't have the will power to at least wait until the next stop light to check it, put it somewhere beyond your reach and make it impossible to check while driving. 

This sad story shows that a person can make other wise health choices and still end up dead because the lure of the instant communication is too great.

Please remember this story the next time you  'just want to see who that email is from.'

Holly Weatherwax, Associate Broker

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Comment balloon 3 commentsAnn Dail • August 24 2010 11:52PM


Ann: It's sad to hear of this person's untimely demise. I'm guessing however that with the proliferation of inexpensive smart phones, drop in cell phone data plan costs and explosion of apps, venues, etc. the problem will continue to worsen.
Posted by Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003 (RE/MAX Concepts) over 9 years ago

I use verizon Wireless as my provider and i LOVE that they have many do not text and drive campaigns. I wish all providers would work together on this message.

Posted by The Elise Bickel Team, Leasing, Property Management and Sales (ReMax Select Realty) over 9 years ago

Ann-this is such a sad story. Unfortunately it's probably not the last time we'll hear one like it. 

Posted by Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist (Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage) over 9 years ago