Joyce Osborne was heartbroken when she found out that her son, Thomas Anthony Klohn, 30, passed away because he was texting while driving.
Since his death, Osborne has dedicated her time to share his story and finally put an end to distracted driving crashes.
Talking about the incident, Osborne shared to Love What Matters that Klohn was traveling to Arizona to help a friend move back to Texas on the night of February 12, 2016.
On the same night, Osborne received a phone call from a State Trooper in Arizona that her son had passed away from a crash.
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Before even asking the trooper, Osborne knew deep in her gut that her son had died because he was texting while driving. Her instinctive thought was later confirmed after asking the trooper.
The incident was intense and resulted in Khlon’s body being completely unrecognizable since he was engulfed in flames. As a result, he had to be cremated.
Following the funeral, Osborne contacted the Arizona Department of Public Safety and asked for a copy of the crash report.
According to the report, Khlon was typing a text while driving 75 miles per hour as he exited the roadway.
His car hit a guardrail end cap and later on, a large granite boulder. The truck flew and eventually caught fire.
A witness’ statement revealed that the crash occurred at 12:58 a.m. The witness attempted to put out the fire for a couple of minutes but failed because the flames were too much.
The border patrol witness said he could hear the victim crying out for help before he passed away due to the fire.The fire was put out at 1:58 a.m., but Khlon was already pronounced dead at 1:08 a.m.
Since then, Osborne has become an advocate to put an end to distracted driving.
Another mother, Eileen Woelkers Miller, has also made it her mission to achieve better highway safety laws.
Her son passed away after being involved in a distracted driving crash. A tractor-trailer driver was reaching for his phone while driving when he struck her son’s car.