Crash victim relates story to high school students

In 2011, more than 3,000 people in the United States died because of texting and driving accidents.

On Friday Liberty High School students met a young man today who almost died in one of those accidents six years ago - and he still suffers some of the effects today.

"Put the phone away, no text is worth permanent brain damage. No text is worth your life. No text is worth something so insignificant. Your life is so precious," Wil Craig said.

Craig is the young man who was a passenger in a car, who's driver was texting and driving.

The driver crashed the car into a tree and it was the side of the car that hit the tree where Craig was the passenger.

Craig said if one high school student pays attention to his message against texting and driving, his trip to Liberty High School was worth it.

"No text is worth something so insignificant. Your life is so precious," Craig said.

Liberty High students Brooke Wiewel and Olivia Hanzel saw Craig speak at a national distracted driving conference in Washington, D.C. late last year. They liked his message and wanted him to bring his message to Liberty.

"And when he came out, he was so personable with everybody. And he was just so, he just got down deep with everyone on a more personal level and we just knew that we would really like for him to come speak to our students," Wiewel said.

Craig said he likes to speak with high school students because he feels they can relate to him and his message. He also said he wants teenagers to know that putting their phones away when behind the wheel could save their life or someone else's.