Girl paralyzed in distracted driving accident encourages people to Hang Up and Drive

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Briona Keeshan, 17, on Take Five & Co. talking about the distracted driving accident that left her a quadriplegic.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A 17-year-old girl paralyzed in a distracted driving accident is calling on all people to avoid using their phones on the road.

Briona Keeshan was riding with friends in a car on Halloween night.  Police say the driver of the car was distracted and lost control, hitting a tree.

The accident seriously injured Briona, and left her a quadriplegic.

On Friday, she appeared on WZZM 13's Take Five and Company to share her message.

"I would say it's not worth it in the end to have a conversation while driving," Brionna says. "Your focus should be on the road. You never think it could happen to you, but it does."

WZZM 13 is encouraging viewers to take our Hang Up and Drive pledge.  That means not using a cell phone at all while driving.  People can download the pledge from,

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