Caleb's Mom: "He Would Like That"

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ATLANTA -- As it would be for any parent, Mandi Sorohan still finds it very painful to talk about the death of her 18-year-old son, Caleb.

Tuesday she granted 11Alive an exclusive interview after the Georgia House passed a bill in his memory.

"Nobody's ever gonna make it right again, but it does make me feel better knowing that he is saving some lives and he would like that," she said.

Caleb Sorohan died on a Morgan County road last December.

The college freshman was texting and driving when his small car crossed the center line and hit a truck head on.

"Keep telling your kids how dangerous it is," his mother told 11Alive. "We did do that, but you just have to keep telling 'em, keep telling 'em."

Since January, Caleb's grandmother, sister and teenage friends have testified at the State Capitol for a texting and driving ban.

On Tuesday, his mother spoke to 11Alive after the legislature passed two versions.

The State Senate approved HB 23, which bans any cellphone use by teenage drivers under 18.

The State House approved SB 360, which bans texting and driving by ALL age drivers.

On Thursday, the last day of the session, a conference committee will decide whether to send two separate bills to the governor or combine the pair into one.

Either way, the sentiment and the votes are there.

And Caleb Sorohan's name will be there as well.

"His name will always be out there and he will be remembered and that means a lot to me that people remember Caleb," his mother said.

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