A Houston-area couple was in Tyler Thursday sharing the story of their 16-year-old daughter who died in a 2017 crash.
Kailee Mills was killed because she wasn’t wearing her seat belt while riding in the backseat of a friend’s car.
A sculpture of Kailee’s crash was on display in downtown Tyler.
It shows the car in mid-air just before impact.
Kailee had taken off her seat belt to take a selfie in the backseat when the driver lost control of the vehicle.
The Spring, Texas teen was thrown from the car and died.
In the reenactment sculpture, you can see Kailee in the backseat with her phone in hand.
Since her death, the Mills family created a seat belt safety foundation in Kailee’s name to prevent any more seat belt related deaths.
“Keep having the conversation with your kids. It’s a conversation that should never get old. It only takes three seconds to put your seat belt on. As parents, we have to set good examples for our kids and make sure our kids are getting into good habits,” David and Wendy Mills said.
Last year, nearly 1,000 people died in crashes on Texas roads because they weren’t wearing their seat belts.
“Kailee’s Crash” is a reminder to buckle up and make sure everyone else in the car is as well.