As our Focus on the Road campaign traveled around the state to 12 different high schools, one woman was always there to tell her story about the dangers of not wearing your seatbelt.
On September 10, 2007, Kayle Denny, 17, ditched school with 2 of her friends. They drove through a patch of water on a highway near Warsaw during a rainstorm.
After having her driverâ??s license for just 2 weeks, Dennyâ??s car hydroplaned. Denny and 2 others inside were thrown from the car, because they were not wearing seatbelts.
Her friend Alex was killed in the accident. Another friend was critically injured. Denny survived but, now uses a cane and has partial use of her hands.
Denny said, â??With Alex passing away because of the wreck, I wonder, if maybe, if he had his seatbelt on, he would still be here. I think about that every single day.â??
Denny was in the hospital for 2 months and 2 days. At first, doctors told her she would never walk again.
After hours of therapy, Denny is back on her feet and telling her story to high students across the state as part of KRCG 13â??s Focus on the Road campaign.
She spoke to the entire student body at Jefferson Cityâ??s Helias High School. Her message was simple. Wear your seatbelt.
Denny said, â??Thatâ??s how fast it happens. I went from 17 to 70 in a couple of seconds.â??
Now, Denny lives in Jefferson City and is trying to live life to the fullest.
Denny said, â??Before my wreck, doing anything that I wanted was a probability. After my wreck and since I have a disability, itâ??s just possibilities.â??
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of traumatic injury among young people, followed by falls, violence and sports.