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Mom Teaches Town To 'Buckle Up For Becca'

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For one family in Madison, life will never be the same. At the of July 20-year-old Becca Reese was killed in a car accident. The loss of Becca has become a lesson her mom Kristen is trying to share with the community, by teaching them to buckle up. And she is doing it all while raising money for some of Becca’s favorite organizations.

Kristen Reese, Becca's Mom said," It's every parents worse nightmare.”

Those who drive down Washington Avenue in Madison, see a red SUV with a broken windshield, flowers, and a message.
"She wasn't speeding, but there was a curve, and she just hit slick gravel,” said Kristen.   

On July 30, Becca was driving around Madison with her boyfriend, when talk of marriage, family, and the future was cut short.  Kristen said if Becca had been wearing her seat belt, she would probably be alive today.

 "It's not to say if she wouldn't have sustained other injuries if she would have had her seat belt on, but we know that her vehicle wouldn't have killed her,” Kristen said.

Becca was ejected out of the driver side window, her car rolled, and ended up on top of her. Now Kristen is using the loss of her daughter to teach everyone to buckle up.

 "It's too simple to do. Why take the risk," Kristen asked.

On Wednesday at the Taco John's where Becca worked a special fundraiser was held. Half of the proceeds go to the Head Start Programs in Madison.

 "Becca understood the importance of the programs," Kristen said.

The programs are designed to make sure children from low income families are able to attend pre-school. And while people were filling up their stomachs, they had a chance to buy purple bracelets that say 'Buckle Up For Becca.’ The bracelets serve as a reminder to always put a seat belt on.

Jessie McVey, Becca's best friend said, "She liked telling jokes, she was just a really fun person."

McVey said Becca was not only her best friend, but like a sister. She said the loss of Becca was sudden and it's still hard to realize that it's real. But she said Kristen's lesson for all, will hopefully prevent other families and friends from losing a loved one too.
“You never think it could happen to someone close to you. And when it does it hits you,” McVey said.

Kristen said her little girl with an infectious smile and big blue eyes might be gone, but there are plenty of other kids she hopes to save.

Kristen said her goal is to continue to reach out to schools and share Becca’s story. She also hopes to one day create a driver’s education scholarship in Becca’s name to help families that can’t afford it.

Exactly one month after Becca’s crash, another woman from Madison was killed in an accident. The woman wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from her car as well.

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