Colmesneil teen starts 'Safe Driving Campaign' after friend's death

Kayle Meador's mother, Shirley.
Kayle Meador's mother, Shirley.
Kayle Meador, 18, lost his life in a car accident July 4th.
Kayle Meador, 18, lost his life in a car accident July 4th.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

COLMESNEIL, TX (KTRE) – A horrific July 4th car crash took the life of an East Texas teen. Now, his best friend is starting a "Safe Driving Campaign" in Kayle Meador's name.

"Half of the car is out here and it's just sad," said Dillon Tovar as he looked at the crash site that took his best friend's life.

Amid the shattered glass and parts of a teen's car scattered along a country roadway, there's a yellow rose where 18-year-old Kayle Meador lost his life. That day, Tovar lost his best friend.

"That's when I got into my mind I need to stand up and do something about it," he said.

Witnesses say Meador was in the passenger seat when the driver lost control of the car and plowed through a field at high speeds. Tovar says his friend's death has inspired him to start a safe driving campaign for teens.

"Just cause teens won't listen to their parents or listen to older people, you know, maybe they'll listen to me," said Tovar.

Meador's mother, Shirley, hopes teens will listen.

"When they closed the casket for the last time and I walked away," she said while wiping away tears. "It's just hard."

She says the campaign is helping her get through a time she never thought she would face.

"I think it's so great that the kids have all come together and they want to make something good out of something that was so bad and help other kids so it doesn't happen again," said Meador.

Meador says the details surrounding her son's death are painful.

"It makes me angry," she said. "When I find out the high rate of speed. It was a ridiculous rate of speed. To see where the car parts flew all the way from the highway to where the car ended up...that hurt."

It's an image she doesn't want teens to forget. She says the campaign may save another mother from burying their child.

Tovar said he's in the process of building a web site for the "Safe Driving Campaign".

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