BASTROP, Texas (KCEN)– A misfortune that interfered with a central Texas community a year ago is still having an impact today.
However that impact, friends and householdfamily and friends hope, is now a positive one.
Kimmy Longbotham, 18, was killed in a car crash in Temple last May.Police say the motorist who hit her was drunk.
Friday, her pals and householdfamily and friends spread her story to another group of high-schoolers.
It belonged to a two-day discussion placed on by Bastrop High School called Smashed Dreams.” Schools across the state have actually put on comparable assemblies.
In front of a stuffed auditorium, Kimmys mom, sis, and a number of pals discussed her life.
They told the students theyre free to make optionschoose, however they cant pick the repercussions.
The goal is to use Kimmys story to spread the message that one mistake can change a lot of lives.
The truthThat she was so involvedassociated with her school and so near getting out and beginning her own life was absolutely heart-wrenching,” stated Victoria Murry, a BHS junior who assisted arrange the occasion. “And the factthat they likewise seemed to know her actually well spoke a lot to me.
You make that one choice, it doesn’t simply impact you,” stated Chelsea Perry, a senior and student council president at the school, “and its going to spiral and its go on and its going to follow you for the rest of your life.
Kimmys mama, Amy Scopac, has been included in Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the last several months.
Its part of her mission to promote her children tradition.
Its still a lot difficult for me to comprehend,” Scopac stated following the discussion in Bastrop.
Our household has done the best that we can to simply push forward and try to discover our brand-new typical.
Part of that regular is telling her children story.
There actually is no way to tell people how it affects you, unless you actually go through it,” stated Hannah Scopac, Kimmys sister.
I don’t want it to happen to somebodysomebody else,” she said. “Due to the fact that I now understand exactly what it feels like, and the pain that people go through.
Kimmys good friends and familyfamily and friends saw a video about her and the crash that took her life, along with the Bastrop student body. They discussed just how much changes with a single mistake.
Tears landeded on phase, and in the audience.
It didnt affect simply us and her family. It influenced the whole school and everyone around us, Marissa Walker, one of Kimmys friends and softball teammate, stated.
I think Kimmy wouldnt desire us to just sit and cry and be upset,” she stated.
Thats how they discovered themselves in Bastrop, an hour and a half from house, telling unfamiliar people about their Kimmy.
Using her story is One Hundred Percent worth any time I have,” stated long-time buddy Tye Ochoa, “due to the fact that Kimmys life was worth informing about.
I desire them to rememberto keep in mind,” Amy Scopac said. “I desire them to comprehend Kimmys legacy, which heritage that she left was kindness and love and generosity.gt;
Its the tradition the Temple group brought with them, the tradition they hope sticks in students minds after they left.
Scopac set up T twitter account Thursday night to disperse support she discovers.
You can follow her @Kimmys_Legacy.