A Story that Never Needed to be Told

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There is a reason a family would choose to share the worst moment of their life with complete strangers. The affected family members of crash victims join the Impact Teen Drivers team because it is their genuine desire that no other family ever experience the immeasurable pain of losing a loved one in a preventable car crash. 

Sydnee was just under a month away from turning 18 when she lost her life in a distracted driving crash. Described by friends and family as loving and adventurous, “with a sixth sense for recognizing when someone needed a shoulder to cry on or a word of encouragement,” Sydnee had a future as bright as her personality.  

On the night of October 18th, 2013, Sydnee was driving to a Pumpkin Festival with two of her closest friends in the car. The road was flat, weather conditions unremarkable. Later, first responders would disclose that phone distraction was the singular cause of the crash. Sydnee’s decision to use her phone caused her to lose control of her car, and her decision not to wear her seatbelt caused her to lose her life.

 Sydnee’s remarkable family chooses to tell their story not because it is a sad story. They paint a vibrant picture of an effervescent young lady, whose future ended prematurely, and of preventable causes.  They tell their story because it is a story that never needed to be told—a story about events that never needed to occur. They tell their story to save lives.

Reckless and distracted driving IS the number one killer of teens in America, and it is 100% preventable.

Do not use your phone behind the wheel of a car: no text, phone call, nothing will ever be worth taking your life or someone else’s life.

Wear your seatbelt 100% of the time, and wear it properly 100% of the time.

Take responsibility as a passenger. Be attentive and speak up: everyone in the car has responsibility for making the drive safe.

Share this message, and most importantly, don’t let it happen to you.