An Ohio police officer's Facebook message to an 18-year-old ticketed for driving 100 mph is going viral.
The North Ridgeville officer wrote Sunday that "I'd like to believe that you were minutes away from creating an unspeakable Christmas tragedy when I stopped you" and that "you are not invincible."
More from the post:
I can tell you dozens of stories of dead and broken 18 year old bodies that I've pulled from cars. Broken bodies that I've found in front yards after crashes. Unrecognizable bodies. They thought they were invincible too. They weren't. They were gone so they missed the part where I had to tell their parents that they were dead. Part of your soul disappears every time you have to tell parents that their kid is dead.
The officer's post has been shared more than 100,000 times as of Tuesday morning and has drawn about 10,000 comments. Here's one of them:
"Hits home, as my daughter lies in hospital bed as we speak. 6 surgeries in 3 weeks, and a long road ahead," the commenter wrote. "A young inexperienced driver, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, driving at the speed of light. I wish they had been stopped before this enormous tragedy happened. It would have been a godsend to not only the victims, but also the driver who now sits in jail."