Family hopes daughter’s story ends texting and driving

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CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. - A Clinton County family is grieving the loss of their teenage daughter, and does not want her death to go in vain.

“I don’t want anyone to go through what we just went through," mother of the victim Jill Biddle said. "You know it still doesn’t feel real to me. It doesn’t feel real that she’s gone."

Biddle's daughter, 17-year-old Maria Droesh, crashed and died June 20 in Clinton County while texting on her cell phone.

“You are not invincible," Biddle said. "There are so many distractions out there and the cell phone does not have to be one.”

Crash investigators found Droesh's cell phone and learned the text she was sending was intended for her mother.

“To wake up every morning knowing she’s not there anymore you know when she had her whole life ahead of her, that’s the worst part," Biddle said.

Now the family along with the Clinton County Coroner, Amanda Abbott, are raising money for a trailer to take Droesh's wrecked car all around the state to different schools and drivers education classes.

“Hopefully this will be that kind of awareness that (teens) need," Abbott said. "That shock factor to see that this does happen and it can happen so they put that phone away and keep their eyes on the road.”

Donations can be sent to Clinton County Coroner's office at 1857 S. Jackson St., Frankfort, IN 46041. Checks should be made to the Maria Droesh Texting Awareness. You can also donate by reaching directly out to Abbott at 765-652-0355.

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