Until it happens to you: Mother’s powerful message about distracted driving after losing both her daughters

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HOUSTON — “Talk, text, crash!” That’s the Texas Department of Transportation’s new campaign reminding drivers to put their phones down.

Last year, 455 people in Texas were killed in crashes caused by distracted drivers.  Among those were two Houston sisters, 19-year-old Brianna Robinson and 17-year-old Jade Robinson. The sisters were on their way home from a spring break visit to Padre Island when the driver of the car looked at her phone, lost control and then crashed into an 18-wheeler.

The sisters were killed, along with Brittanie Johnson, 18.

The driver of the car was the only survivor.

Brianna Robinson and Jade Robinson were Riddle’s only children, and in almost an instance they were both gone. It’s a mother’s worst nightmare.

Along with Deidrea George of TxDOT, Riddle shared her story with the CW39 Houston’s Maggie Flecknoe. During the three part series, the mother talked about her grief and plea for other drivers to put their phones down.

[Part One: The knock on the door and start of a parent’s worst nightmare]

[Part Two: A mother left all alone except for the memories]

[Part Three: Until it happens to you]