Benefit Concert Honors Toddler Killed in Car Crash

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

A church is helping a group spread the word about distracted driving.

The Brown Community Church hosted a benefit concert on Saturday in honor of Kate Beagle.

This 19-month-old died in August when a 16-year-old hit her and six other people at a bus stop.

The group " Kate's Krew" is trying to save lives by reminding people driving distracted can be dangerous.

Kim Mizzel is a member of the group and a family friend.

"Kate was an innocent child lost due to distracted driving," Mizzel said.

She said she hopes Kate's story can help prevent other tragedies.

"For what Angela had to go through and have Kate taken away so suddenly in such a horrific and tragic way such an unnecessary thing. I just pray no other family has to go through that," Mizzel said.

Through pictures and wristbands, the group wants to remind people how dangerous and heartbreaking distracted driving can be.

She has seen it first hand because she is friends with Kate's mom.

"She wants Kate to be remembered for helping other people remember distracted driving can kill, can hurt others," Mizzel said.

Ronda Cook is at the event supporting the cause.

She doesn't know the family, but she said she has learned from this tragedy.

Cook has two teenage daughters made them promise her they wouldn't text and drive.

"I think it's important for every parent to be active, speaking to their kids about the dangers of distracted driving," Cook said.

Dangers that Mizzel keeps in mind when she looks at her own children.

"You just think how precious their lives are," Mizzel said.

Kate's Krew said hey are also working on a Website, in addition to their Facebook group.

When they become a bigger group, they hope to talk in schools about distracted driving.

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