Father of Toddler Killed in Car Crash Wants to Prevent Future Tragedy

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va -- The Beagle family wants drivers to realize the dangers of distracted driving that affected them and hundreds more people who knew and loved baby Kate.

Kate was only 17-months-old when she was killed last Friday. Police have not said what the exact cause of the crash was, but when police turned the car on at the scene on Friday, music blared out of the speakers.

On Monday, three days had passed since Kate Beagle's father, Beryl had one of his daughter's sloppy kisses and seen her smile.

“She was a happy, free spirit baby, and I loved her. I miss her,” said Beryl.

Kate died last Friday when a 16-year-old hit her and six other people at a bus stop.

Now, her father is only left with memories of his child.

"One thing I loved is she loved to give open-mouthed kisses, so you got a lot of slobber. She just was very, very loving not just to us but to everybody."

Family and friends started a Facebook page, called "Kate's Krew," to remember her and to prevent distracted driving.

“If we could save one life, that would be great. If we could save even more, that would be better. We want to remember Kate's spirit and do this for her and keep her spirit alive.”

The car also hit Oriana Good and broke her femur. Good is relying on her faith in God to help her and the hundreds of other people affected by the accident.

“He knows how they're feeling and He knows what they're going through; He cares,” said Oriana.

Oriana said God helped her through this tragedy and she hopes faith will pull her community together.

“I have no fears that all of it won't work together for good.”

Kate's aunt and godmother, Lori Hildreth, helped with the Facebook page. Family and friends hope to remember Kate's legacy for years to come.

“A little girl lost her life due to someone not paying attention on the road,” said Lori.

Beryl will always remember his daughter and he wants other people to remember a lesson that will become Kate's legacy.

“We just want you to know, look at this face. It's a face lost from driving distracted,” said Beryl.

To help the family, you can log onto Facebook and join Kate's Krew

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