Girl Killed by 16 Year Old: The Note Found in Her Hand Is a Warning to All

August 26, 2019 Updated: August 26, 2019

This story is a fictional account, but it is a poem that appears in the popular book “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul” as retold by Jane Watkins, according to the Washington Post.

The poem details why it’s important for people—especially young adults—not to drink and drive. And the story is not just about the girl, but about thousands of people every day who make decisions that can permanently affect others—for better or for worse.

The poem reads:

I went to a party, Mom, I remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, Mom, so I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside, Mom, the way you said I would.

I didn’t drink and drive, Mom, even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom. I know you are always right.

Now the party is finally ending, Mom, as everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom, I knew I’d get home in one piece.

Because of the way you raised me, so responsible and sweet.

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Alcoholic beverages in a stock photo. (China Photos/Getty Images)

I started to drive away, Mom, but as I pulled out into the road,

the other car didn’t see me, Mom, and hit me like a load.

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom, I hear the policeman say,

the other guy is drunk, Mom, and now I’m the one who will pay.

I’m lying here dying, Mom. I wish you’d get here soon.

How could this happen to me, Mom?

My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom, and most of it is mine.

I hear the medic say, Mom, I’ll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom, I swear I didn’t drink.

It was the others, Mom. The others didn’t think.

He was probably at the same party as I.

A Ford Fusion at the crash site in Nashville on July 4, 2019. (NMPD)

The only difference is, he drank and I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom? It can ruin your whole life.

I’m feeling sharp pains now. Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom, and I don’t think it’s fair.

I’m lying here dying, and all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom. Tell Daddy to be brave.

And when I go to heaven, Mom, put “Daddy’s Girl” on my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom, not to drink and drive.

If only they had told him, Mom, I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom. I’m becoming very scared.

Please don’t cry for me, Mom. When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom, before I say goodbye.

I didn’t drink and drive, so why am I the one to die?

The CDC says that due to campaigns, the percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has dropped by 54 percent since 1991. Now, only 1 in 10 teens drink and drive.

The agency warns that more work is needed.

“Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011. Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens,” according to the agency.

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