No parent should ever outlive their children, but taking a selfie proved to be a deadly decision for a Houston teen girl who was killed in a car crash, according to her family.
Sadly, studies show that the most effective way to keep teenagers safe would be to ban them from driving or using cell phones.
Both of those studies proved to be unfortunately true.
16-year-old Kailee Mills was in the car with friends Halloween weekend, just 500 yards from home, and she unbuckled her seat belt to snap a picture of herself, news station KRIV reported.
Seconds later, the 16-year-old was killed in a rollover wreck, just blocks from her home.
“The car went off the road. She was ejected and she died instantly,” her dad, David Mills, told the news station. “All the other kids in the car they had their seat belts on and they all survived with very little injury.”
Authorities said they believe the driver was speeding and lost control of the car, news station KTRK reported.
Mills’ family said they are speaking out to promote seat belt safety. They started the Kailee Mills Foundation, which works to put decals on car windows to remind passengers to buckle up.
“Our daughter would be here today if she had been wearing her seatbelt,” the dad said.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, buckling up is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. So the Mills family is teaming with TXDOT to spread the word.
“Our daughter would be here today if she had been wearing her seat belt,” says the grieving father.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 4th, 2018