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Memorial service tonight for East Texas teen killed while texting and driving

(KTRE) – A memorial service will be held tonight for an East Texas student, killed while texting and driving.

Lillian Propes, 16, a junior at Tatum High School, was on State Highway 43 in Rusk County when she got a message from a new friend.  She died Sunday when her truck went off the road and crashed into a tree. 

The next day, Lillian's mother urged Tatum High School students not to text and drive. 

Now, students are circulating a pledge they call "Lillie's Law," where students with driver's license promise to put down the cell phone while they are behind the wheel.

The school will host a memorial for Lillian Propes tonight, March 31, at 7 pm. A scholarship fund has also been set up in her name at Citizens National Bank in Tatum.

There are close to a dozen bill addressing texting and driving filed for the current session of the Texas legislature.  Two are getting a lot of attention.  There is one proposal that bans teen drivers from using cell phones and test messaging devices.  The other proposal prohibits drivers from using handheld cell phones in school crossing zones.

What do you think?  Do you think Texas needs a law that prohibits all drivers in Texas from using handheld cell phones?  Take our KTRE.com web poll.

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