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It broke her heart seeing her daughter's Facebook page, asking for someone to please be her friend.

This young woman is now using her story in the most positive way possible. Both mom and daughter speak publicly in schools and other venues so that other young people won't make the same tragic mistake. She's making a difference.

In April 2012, then-17-year-old Liz Marks was driving down a road near St. Michaels, Maryland, when she received a text that would change her life forever.

Marks was a popular student and amateur model at the time.


That afternoon, Liz looked down at her cellphone to see a text from Betty, her mother. Within seconds, the 17-year-old crashed her Mazda 3 into a tow truck, leaving her in serious condition.

For nearly a month, Liz spent time in the intensive care unit located at the University of Baltimore Shock Trauma Center to recover from brain and facial injuries. As a result of the crash, Liz's face is permanently scarred, she is blind in one eye, and she can no longer produce tears. On top of it all, she soon saw that her once-reliable friends were no longer there for her.

In late 2014, Liz and Betty told their story in a video for the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Liz and Betty hope that the story of Liz's accident can help deter others from texting while driving.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9 people are killed each day in accidents involving what they call "distracted driving," which is defined as doing another activity that takes attention away from driving. Additionally, more than 1,153 people are injured daily in distracted-driving-related accidents.


Watch Liz and Betty's story below.

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Naturally, people are weighing in on the crisis, with some throwing out simplistic advice like, "Why don't you just do what people did before baby formula was invented and just breastfeed?"

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However, a new study out of Japan has found that cats may be paying more attention to their fellow felines and human friends than most people thought. In fact, they could be listening to human conversations.

"What we discovered is astonishing," Saho Takagi, a research fellow specializing in animal science at Azabu University in Kanagawa Prefecture, told The Asahi Shimbun. "I want people to know the truth. Felines do not appear to listen to people's conversations, but as a matter of fact, they do."

How do we know they’re listening? Because the study shows that household cats often know the names of their human and feline friends.

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There’s also a feeling that the current state of pop culture is lacking as well. Nobody listens to new music anymore and unless you’re into superheroes, it seems like creativity is seriously missing from the silver screen.

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