An adult woman in Wisconsin killed a 16-year-old girl while driving with both hands on her phone Oct. 21.
Though the 21-year-old driver and her passenger were not injured, the 16-year-old Kyra Faith Hayes was pronounced dead at the scene, KARE reports.
Witnesses say they watched the distracted driver in a 2007 Ford Taurus drift into traffic in a lane next to her while using her phone.
The move prompted high school sophomore Kyra — who was not wearing a seatbelt — to swerve abruptly, causing her 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada to crash.
Rolling over multiple times, the teenager was then thrown out of the car before passing away.
Since then, a GoFundMe page has been created to cover Hayes’ funeral costs. The page reads:
Kyra enjoyed singing at events, and working together at her father’s local shop with her older brother. She touched many lives and was an excellent role model for the children she babysat for.
All funds go directly to Ione & Luke Hayes for funeral expenses. Any thoughts and prayers will be appreciated as much as any financial assistance. The family is grateful for any help you can provide, and thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.
This beautiful girl was taken from us far too soon, and her light and beauty will be missed terribly.
Many have taken to social media to express their outrage over the crash.
“Lock her up,” wrote one user on KARE’s Facebook page in reference to the 21-year-old driver using her phone. “When people start going to prison for killing others because of their phones, MAYBE people will take it seriously and stop.”
“If you are texting and driving you are a loaded weapon, with the trigger cocked,” another user added. “As an avid bicyclist I encounter motorists every day willing to endanger other people’s lives for their own selfishness and inattention to the road.”
Sadly, Kyra is one of thousands killed as a result of distracted driving, the Federal Communications Commission reports.
In 2014, 3,179 died as a result of the problem, while approximately 431,000 were wounded.
Sources: KARE, GoFundMe, Facebook/KARE, Federal Communications Commission / Photo credits: BrokenSphere/Wikimedia Commons, GoFundMe