While driving on the fast-paced Oklahoma turnpike, an out of control vehicle slammed into a car carrying a grandmother and her grandchildren. Linda Danette Smith Ire and her grandchildren and their cousin were taking a trip to pick out a cute lamb for a family Easter photo shoot, when the car crash into the vehicle, killing Linda, her grandchildren, 9-year-old Brooklynn Newville, and her 5-year-old brother Jace.
When all the dust had cleared, police accused the teenage driver, the one who had killed all the people, of texting while driving. The teen had found it more important to text a friend than to keep focused on the road. As a result of the teen’s shortsightedness, people died.
The only survivor of the accident was six-year-old Isabella Anthony. Now she wants to help her family on their mission to talk about the dangers of texting while driving. As you can see, if you pick up your phone while you’re behind the wheel, you can become a murderer just like that.
While the family grieved, the parents of Brooklyn and Jace, Shanee and Brian could not believe what had happened. They never thought they’d lose their precious children so young to such a senseless act of selfishness.
“It’s not worth someone’s life, and the pain and suffering that we’ve had to go through because you want to be on your phone for two seconds,” Brian Newville told News 4. “How, why, what could have caused this, what could we have done to change it?”
They did not know what to do. But after some time, Shanee and Brian found something that would forever change their lives. It was inside Brooklyn’s bedroom and was something that she had kept secret from her parents for some time. And because it was a message written in Brooklyn’s handwriting, it helped them heal.
“We found my daughter’s bucket list,” Brian said. “I actually had heard about it, but I had never seen it until the other day.”
Nevertheless, the family is still broken. Losing young children in a violent accident like that is horrible. Family and friends are trying to help them deal with the tragedy.
“I cannot imagine the pain this sweet family is going through right now,” a loved one wrote on their GoFundMe page. “Please pray for them as they grieve the loss of three very special people. If you feel led, please give to help this family make arrangements that no parent ever wants to make, and to help with other needs in the coming weeks, as they are mostly self-employed.”
So what was on the little girl’s bucket list? The family shared it with the world, and it is heartbreaking.
“Go scuba diving, see a moose,” Brian said. “She always wanted to go hunting with me, never got a chance too. We were trying to find a spot on my dad’s land to do that.”
The family wants you to put your phone down while driving.
“We are putting out our campaign of ‘Put it Down’ so people will put their phones down,” Brian said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s your phone, food or anything in the car while you’re driving, put it down.”