Texting & Driving Death: Sunday Would Have Been 21st Birthday

By John W. Davis

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 7:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A mother still mourns her son nearly three years after he was killed as he was texting while driving.

Rodney Thompson would have turned 21 on Sunday, June 26.

A memorial with fresh flowers still sits at the base of the utility pole that his car was wrapped around in the 3200 block Dicke Road where he died.

Since that day, His mother Diveeta Thompson has tirelessly lobbied state lawmakers for a distracted driving law.

Thompson said she has made it her purpose in life.

Thompson also spends much of her free time, telling her son's story in hopes of inspiring others to stop driving distracted.

"I'm so thankful for the 18 years that I had him. All the things that we were able to do together. In the same vain, I miss him," said Rodney's Mother Diveeta Thompson.

On July 1, 2011, her hard work becomes reality.

From that date onward, it will be against the law in Indiana to text or e-mail while driving.

Thompson said it may take a long time but she will not stop until Indiana is a hands-free state, meaning driving would only be allowed to use blue tooth devices while driving.


Meanwhile, Thompson founded the Rock Solid 626 non profit organization in her son's memory.

The 3rd annual "Rock Solid 3 on 3 basketball tournament took place Saturday at the Jorgensen YMCA in Fort Wayne.

Thompson is asking everyone to STANDD (Stop Texting and Distracted Driving) with her.

"He loved basketball. He loved family and friends. So, for all of us to come together today, united, raising awareness, helping support the cause of Stop Texting and Driving Distracted and to celebrate in his spirit is a blessing," said Thompson.

All of the money raised at Saturday's tournament will to go to a scholarship fund in Rodney's name.

On July 1, 2011, texting or e-mail while driving will be against the law in Indiana.

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