Teen Driver Who Died In Crash Was Texting At The Time

JACOB FREYBLER1TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (June 19, 2014) — Jacob Freybler, 17, identified as the driver killed after crossing the center line was texting behind the wheel, police said Thursday.

Freybler was driving southbound on 8th Avenue north of Lincoln Street around 10:45 p.m. when his car crossed the center line and hit a northbound SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said early Thursday that Freybler was texting while driving.

The driver of the SUV, who was unnamed, suffered broken bones. A passenger in the SUV was unhurt.

According to Michigan Secretary of State, the teen received his driver’s license in March.

Coincidentally, an education program for Consumers Energy employees and families aimed at reducing texting and driving is scheduled June 19 at 2 p.m. at Consumers Energy, 4000 Clay Avenue SW, Wyoming. The program is presented by UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour 2014.

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19 comments

  • Nicholas Freybler

    This is just the kind of news story that I love to read about my cousin who just died, while I am currently studying overseas and unable to even attend his wedding because I couldn't afford a round-trip flight. I get to read this beautifully crafted article, written by a man, who in his own biography describes himself as a driver who has never made a mistake on the road.
    Well I am glad that you never did anything wrong, but unfortunately, some of us have made mistakes, and how you just presented my cousin is honestly neither respectful nor constructive.

    "…was texting behind the wheel, police said Thursday" — okay, fair enough
    "…said early Thursday that Freybler was texting while driving." — you already said this
    "…the teen received his driver’s license in March." — is that necessary?
    "Coincidentally, an education program for Consumers Energy employees and families aimed at reducing texting and driving is scheduled June 19 at 2 p.m. at Consumers Energy, 4000 Clay Avenue SW, Wyoming. The program is presented by UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour 2014." — I am glad you were able to add in a little advertisement

    You could have written this a dozen different ways, and it would have gotten the point across while still being respectful and sending a good message.

    So let's look at the real message that he attempted to get across here:
    Be safe. You never know when that drive home does not end at home.

    Too those of you who think, "It won't happen to me, I am so much safer when I text and drive": I bet you that my cousin thought so too, and look what has happened. I have thought so, and I have texted while driving. I suppose I am a lucky one. Let this be the last example that you need to convince you otherwise.

    • Nicholas Freybler

      and because we all make mistakes, I meant to say that I can't attend his funeral, not his wedding as I had accidentally typed. Oops.

    • Uncle Tom

      Fuck you Nicholas. Your cousin was texting behind the wheel. He got killed for doing so. Perhaps you should spend your time being thankful he didn't kill anyone else.

    • Jim C

      Oh shut the hell up. I am sure nothing being texted was important anyway, it never is, so don't get mad at the news accurately reporting the news. Furthermore I am glad that he didn't kill anyone else with his shenanigans.

    • doredav

      Sorry for your loss. It happens regardless of how many tragedies we hear and read about. People, please… texts, emails, FB, etc. is NOT important than losing your life over.

  • Rebekah Raymond

    There will be a candlelight vigil for Jacob tonight at the Wendy’s where he worked. 2315 Alpine Ave. Located next to Uhaul. It begins at 8. Please come and show your support for this great family!

  • Uncle tom

    What a dumb ass. Good thing he didn't kill anyone else. Fuck with abull often enough, sooner or later you get the horn.

    Another good reason teenagers that drive shouldn't have cell phones. What a dumb ass. Hope getting killed was worth the text message.

  • toveri

    I do feel bad for both families

    the next questions that should be asked are:
    who was the boy texting?
    did they know he was driving?
    shouldn't they also be held responsible?

  • Bob

    It is sad this young man made a mistake that cost him his life. It is also sad he injured others at the same time.

    But the posters here have proven one thing – they are a bunch of amoral hypocrites. I wonder how many of you fine folks also claim to be religious- my bet is most of you. And the nastier the comment the more religious they are.