Mother Has Message On Anniversary Of Daughter's Death Looking At Text

A mother in the east is using the anniversary of her teenage daughter's death to try and save the lives of others.

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Sarah Edwards of Beaufort County.

The 18-year-old high school Senior was on her way to her after school job when troopers said she looked down at a text message, crossed the center line and collided with a log truck.

Family and friends gathered at her graveside Thursday, wrote messages on balloons, then sent them toward Heaven.

While those messages were meant for Sarah, her mother Tracey O'Carroll had one for everyone else. "That cell phone is not that important. That message is not that important. So don't do it."

Tracy has been going to schools sharing Sarah's story. She's recently begun working with the highway patrol in Greenville to help with their safe driving campaigns.


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  • by Matt Sarahs Bestfriend Location: Aurora on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    Sarah was my best friend, i miss her so much. she was a bright person. always laughed and always had a beautiful smile on her face, even on a bad day it wouldn't take much for her to smile. she was an awesome person. I miss you Sarah.
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    Data Man, why don't you go somewhere else for a change. You apparently have never lost someone in a tragedy before. This is not the place for you to spill your beans about your beloved NOBAMA! Hopefully this socialist will lose in Nov. and our country will survive everything wrong he has done in the last 4 years. Now, apologize to this grieving parent and go get a job or something worthwhile!
  • by Theresa on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for turning this horrible experience into something positive. More people could learn from you.
  • by A Mother Location: Raleigh on Jan 5, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    I cant let my mind go to where you live everyday. I hope that I would have your courage in honoring your beautiful daughter. God bless you and all those whose lives are touched by this tragedy.
  • by Delores Location: Beaufort, NC on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    I remember reading about this tragic loss and couldn't have said it any better than what "A MOTHER" posted. God Bless
  • by A Mother Location: Ayden on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:31 PM
    To Tracey: my sincere thanks for what you are doing. The loss of a child is not what we're ever prepared to endure, but to go out into the community after such a tragic loss to help prevent more loss is just so commendable. My utmost sincere sympathy and thanks.
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      by Data Man on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:57 PM in reply to A Mother
      Snake Oil, Lavon and Data Man are coming together on this one to help this mom out! Obama has help this country with laws to help teens stop texting while driving. This great man in office has done great things for this country. Obama has really took the lead in North Carolina to stop texting while driving. Lets take this country back and keep this man in office. The country will go under without him. To the family of Tracey please support Obama and get the word out that he is for young America!
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        by Mom on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:41 AM in reply to Data Man
        Shame on you for using this as a political campaign. Losing a child is the worst thing anyone has to endure. Have compassion and appreciation for this family and leave political opinions out of it.
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          by Another Mom on Jan 6, 2012 at 07:05 AM in reply to Mom
          Amen ! Give it a rest for just one post would ya ?
      • reply
        by really? on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:58 AM in reply to Data Man
        Wow, someone's always bringing politics into EVERYTHING. Have a little compassion for this grieving mother, and do your campaigning somewhere else.
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