Clinton County coroner uses local teen’s death as powerful lesson in texting and driving

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Clinton County Coroner’s Office is using the car a Kirklin teenager died in as a powerful reminder of how deadly texting and driving can be.

Seventeen-year-old Maria Droesch died in a head-on collision on June 20 in Clinton County. Investigators determined she was texting when it happened.

The coroner’s office will use Droesch’s car to educate teenagers about texting and driving. The car will be used as a display at local school and driver’s education classes.

“If I can just save one life, that’s all I’m trying to do,” said Droesch’s mother, Jill Biddle.

Coroner Amanda Abbott said a person’s chance of getting in a crash increases by 16 times if he or she is texting.

Donations are currently being accepted to the awareness campaign.

You can contact Abbott at 765-652-0355 or send donations to 1857 S. Jackson St. in Frankfort, IN 46041. Please make the check payable to Maria Droesch Texting Awareness.

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