Brazos Valley natives start foundation to honor daughter killed in crash
On October 28 2017, Kaliee Mills, a 16-year-old from Spring, was killed in a one-car accident just 400 yards from her house.
"It was just outside of our neighborhood," said David Mills.
As soon as David and Wendy Mills got a call, they checked their daughter's location on the Life 360 app.
"We have that app, so we pulled it up and it showed us that she was just right down the road, so we had our friends take us to the scene and right when we got there, there were tons of police vehicles, so we knew it was serious.
They tried running over to the scene to see if their little girl was okay, but they were stopped. Ten minutes later, they were told by a friend who was working the scene of the crash that their daughter was ejected from the vehicle and passed away.
"I know it was hard for him to tell us that too, because he knew Kailee and knew how wonderful of a young woman she was," said MIlls.
There were four teenagers in the car at the accident, and Kailee was the only one not wearing her seat belt.
"You hear it all the time, about accidents that happen in your neighborhood, and not wearing your seat belt, but we never thought it would happen to us," said Mills.
Her parents decided to start looking up statistics and found that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in the first three decades of American lives.
"As soon as we read the statistics, we thought that this is a huge problem, you know, not just with teenagers but with everybody," said Mills.
According to TxDOT, 994 people who died in car accidents last year were not wearing their seat belts--a 9% increase compared to 2015.
"We just feel like this is not something that is talked about enough and we want to share this story and hopefully save some lives," said Mills.
The Kailee Mills Foundation spreads seat belt and road safety awareness.
"We thought this would be a good legacy for her, this is what she would have wanted for us to turn this into something positive cause she was always a glass half full kind of girl," said Mills.
Over the past month, they have received numerous donations to their foundation and continue to spread awareness one sticker at a time.
"We have given out stickers to everyone in our area, to the kids at Klein Collins High School, the football team wears a symbol on their helmets, we just have gotten so much support," said Mills.
David Mills recently went and spoke with students and young drivers at his daughter's crash site to also spread awareness and inform people to buckle up.
"It just takes three seconds, that's all," said Mills.
The Kailee Mills Foundation is holding a benefit on Sunday at the Bareback Bar & Icehouse located at 19940 Kuykendahl Rd. in Spring.
"We have been working on this benefit and the foundation since the day of her funeral because we know that this is what she would want and we just want to carry the torch for her," said Mills.