By Michael Schwanke (WICHITA, Kan.)
Life for Melinda Thomas will never be the same.
"We look at things a whole lot differently," says Thomas at her Abilene, Kansas home. She has pain, scars and the memory of the day a texting driver ran her and her daughter off the road.
"I told my daughter he's texting, he's driving with his knees. She ended up running into the culvert."
Thomas and her daughter lived, and the driver of the other car never stopped. "I would support whatever it would take for it not to happen again," says Thomas.
In 2008 cell phones were a contributing factor in 398 crashes. One-hundred-40 people were hurt and four people died.
"Really... honestly think about what you have to live with," says Thomas.
With help from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Eyewitness News put texting and driving to the test. Using a reaction time simulator, we were able to see how texting can affect your driving.