Parents of Caldwell teen killed while texting, driving appear on Today Show

Parents of Caldwell teen killed while texting, driving appear on Today Show

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Posted on March 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 5 at 7:11 PM

NEW YORK CITY -- The parents of a Caldwell teen who died in a terrible car accident, presumably because she was texting on her cell phone while driving, continue to rally for a new law that would make the behavior illegal.

Grieving parents, Clay and Shauna Sauer from Caldwell, appeared on NBC's Today Show just after 8 a.m. Monday.

"This is how it can end," said Shauna Sauer, who fought back tears as she described the unfortunate events that killed her 18-year-old daughter, Taylor Sauer, on the night of January 14.

Shauna says Taylor rear-ended a slow-moving semi trailer on the freeway while she was driving at over 80 miles per hour.  Afterwards Taylor was rear-ended by another semi.  She died shortly after the crash.

Taylor's parents say their daughter's Facebook page gives clues as to what could have happened just moments before the crash.

Around the time of the crash, Sauer was engaged in a Facebook conversation with friends.  After a few back and forth comments about a Denver football game, Taylor wrote, "I can't discuss this
matter now.  Driving and facebooking is not safe!  Haha."

Later in the online conversation, another friend asked, “Why aren’t you here?”

Shauna Sauer says the accident cut short the life of an outgoing teen who excelled in academics
and was enrolled at Utah State University with the hope of becoming a teacher. She was also honored with KTVB's Distinquished Student Award one year before her death.

"She wanted to take on the world," Sauer said.

NBC Today Show host Anne Curry asked Taylor's parents about how their daughter's tragic legacy could help and teach the rest of the world.

The couple immediately spoke in support of a state ban on texting and driving currently being considered by Idaho's legislature.

"This is what she would want us to do," Shauna Sauer said.

Taylor's father, Clay Sauer, said he hopes such a ban would teach drivers that texting and driving is unsafe and unaccptable from a young age, "like the importance of wearing a seatbelt." 

"I think every state should have this law," Sauer said.

Idaho's ban on texting and driving has already passed through the state senate.  Idaho's house is scheduled to consider the ban as early as Tuesday.
 

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