Tammy Taylor, a mother who lost her 17-year-old son earlier this year, has often returned to the scene of the accident where he died.
Skyler Powell, her son–a student at Landrum High School–died after going around a curve near his South Carolina home. He lost control of his vehicle at 7:30 a.m. and hit a tree, reported KCTV.
Dozens of students here at side of road in Greenville County, mourning death of classmate LHS junior Skyler Powell. pic.twitter.com/aQ4df36Oyn
— Daniel J. Gross (@DanieljGross) January 21, 2015
Taylor has went back to her son’s death site many times.
“As a momma, I just wanted to be at the last place my son was and I just wanted to be there,” she said, according to the station.
Since the crash, she was searching for her son’s iPhone, as it may have a few pictures of the boy. She was unable to locate it until Monday, or eight months after his death, reported Yahoo News.
“It was completely buried in the dirt. But one little bitty tiny corner was sticking out — it’s like the sun was shining on that one particular spot,” she said.
Taylor added: “I got a stick and dug out around it. We’ve had snow, rain, flooding [in these eight months], so when I got it out it was full of mud. But I was dancing around and shouting, ‘Thank you, God, I needed this!’ and then I called my husband, John, and said, ‘I found the phone.'”
The grieving mother was able to get several photos of Powell, including the last one he ever took.
In the wake of his death, fellow students have joined forces to support “Take Ten,” which seeks to raise awareness about wearing a seatbelt. It urges “others to wear a seat belt, avoid distractions, avoid speeding, live a full life and keep Powell’s memory alive,” according to its website.