Mom on a mission after her daughter dies from texting and driving


Sirens woke up Jacque Tierce one Saturday morning last May.

She had no idea the message that would be coming next.

“Danielle is late for work,” Jacque Tierce read. “She is never late for work. She is not answering my phone can you call her?”

That message, from a co-worker of her daughter Danielle and what came next would change her life.

“Mainly a pit in my stomach, and I remember starting to shake, and I just was like no no this can’t be,” Jacque Tierce said. “But I know it is.”

Her daughter Danielle Delgado Garcia was rushed to a local hospital before being airlifted to Wichita, where her mom made it to see her final hours.

“And they pulled her out, and she just looked at me and said ‘Mom it hurts. It hurts so bad. My stomach hurts so bad.’”

Later in Wichita, officials found out Garcia had internal bleeding, and they rushed her into surgery.

But they could not save her

“They said she fought really hard, but in their blunt words: Your daughter died.”

Tierce said her daughter died because of one thing.

“She was texting on Snapchat and rear-ended the back of the semi,” she said.

Now the pain that Tierce has felt ever since, she hopes to turn into a live-saving advice.

“Touch as many lives we can, anyway we can,” she added.

All with a Facebook page called “Do It For Danielle,”, urging people not to text and drive.

And through it, she has been able to speak at events and reach people and communities around the world.

“Messages, followers from Belgium, Germany and France,” she said. “It’s overwhelming, but heartwarming.”

A heartwarming message she feels called to share.

“I hate why I have to do it, but I love that it’s getting out there,” she said. “I do feel like its saving some lives.”

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