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Reggie Shaw is the main character in this story. He is a 19 year old Mormon boy who was recently rejected from taking a mission due to having had premarital sex. He is a college student in Utah. He is texting and driving his girlfriend when he hits and kills James Furafaro and Kieth O’Dell with his Chevy Tahoe. Shaw tries to claim that he wasn’t texting while driving. However, he eventually is forced to admit that he was. Shaw is sentenced to three weeks in prison.

Shaw’s mother supports her son at first and denies he was texting and driving. However, she eventually agrees when he admits to it.

Bart Rindlisbacher is the state trooper who arrives at the scene after Shaw’s 911 call fails to go through. He described the scene as being the worst impact collision he had ever witnessed.

John Kaiserman is the witness of the crash. He claims that Shaw was driving in the wrong lane.

James Furfaro and Keith O’Dell were the victims in the crash. The story also talks of their wives and the families they left behind.

Dallas Miller is Shaw’s best friend and confidant.

Gaylyn White is Shaw’s therapist.

Joe Bunderson is Shaw’s lawyer.

Briana Bishop is Shaw’s girlfriend.

Tasha Haber is Shaw’s most recent girlfriend.

Characters

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The main character is Reggie Shaw, a 19-year-old boy from Utah. The story centers around the impact of a deadly car crash: Reggie collides with Jim Furfaro and Keith O’Dell, two rocket scientists who die from their injuries. Bart Rindlisbacher is the state trooper who was called to the scene and investigates how exactly the crash happened. John Kaiserman witnesses Reggie drive into the wrong lane, causing the crash and the deaths of the two scientists. Reggie is torn between two influences: the positive help of his best friend Dallas Miller versus the negative, competitive nature of his relationship with his older brother Nick. Eventually, Reggie goes to see a therapist. Her name is Gaylyn White, and they work together for some time. The nonfiction book also introduces Reggie's lawyer, Joe Bunderson, and the wives of the two scientists, Leila and Jackie. Two girls are a part of Reggie's story: Briana Bishop, the girl Reggie was texting at the time of the accident, and his new girlfriend named Tasha Haber.

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