Licking County Couple Raises Awareness About Distracted Driving


UPDATED: Saturday May 17, 2014 8:37 PM

A Licking County couple hopes the death of their daughter in a tragic car crash will send a message to others about the dangers of distracting driving.

Their mission coincides with the launch of increased patrols by law enforcement to keep people safe on the roads.

Sydnee Williams was just seventeen years old when her life tragically ended.

She was not wearing her seat belt as well as texting while driving.

Williams was ejected and died two days later.

Her passenger, Vicki, broke her neck and back because she wasn't buckled in properly.

Joe, another passenger, walked away physically unharmed.

Williams' parents have made a video as part of a distracted driving campaign that they hope will help raise awareness.

"I've seen that video 50 times and it breaks my heart every time. She's not going to get to graduate, get married, have children all that because she didn't wear her seatbelt that day," said Sara Dietrich.

Williams' parents joined representatives with Impact Teen Drivers and members of law enforcement in Licking County to help kick off the national seat belt campaign "Click It or Ticket."

"It's one decision that Sydnee made that cost her life and it was cell phone distraction to pick up that phone and not wear her seatbelt," said Brock Dietrich, Sydnee's father.

The Dietrichs hope to spread awareness using the video beginning on Monday, May 19th at Gahanna High School.

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