Mississippi Teen Warns of Dangers of Distracted Driving

Mississippi Teen Warns of Dangers of Distracted Driving

Robyn Thomas was in a terrible car accident one year ago. She crashed into a tree while distracted by her cell phone. Now, she's hoping she can save others from making the same mistake.
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - A Mississippi teen took her eyes off the road for just a moment while driving. Her life has never been the same.

Robyn Thomas was in a terrible car accident exactly one year ago. She crashed into a tree while distracted by her cell phone. Now, she's hoping she can save others from making the same mistake.

"I've come a long way. When I first came I couldn't even write my name like I used to," says the 20 year old. She's fought hard the past year. The fact that she can sit and talk with us is proof.

"I was driving to Hickory Flat and I don't know what it was, but my phone went off and I went to look at it. The next thing I knew I was on the other side of the street. I think I hit a tree first," she tells abc24.com.

She was in a coma for almost two months. Doctors told her family she'd never wake up. When she did, they said she'd never walk and talk.

She's proven them wrong one step at a time. Now, she wants to speak out, telling others just how dangerous distracted driving can be.

Robyn lost memories, as well as basic skills like walking and talking. She's come to therapy at Simple Strokes in Southaven since last September.

"We do a lot of activities of daily living," says occupational therapist Kristen Harmon, who works with Robyn on everything from how to make a sandwich to mastering putting on eyeliner.

"She's done amazing," Harmon says.

Robyn was in her freshman year of college when the accident happened. She was an A student. Now she's re-learning basic math. At the same time, she's setting goals for her future.

"We sit back here and we talk about dub step and traveling and colleges," Harmon laughs. "Everything like that. She's got big aspirations."

They include bravely telling her story.

Robyn and her family hope others will hear it and think twice before using their cell phone when behind the wheel.
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