In a public service announcement, Emily Reynolds describes her sister Cady. "She kind of had a presence to her where she just walked in a room and it just made everything good."
Seventeen year old Emily Reynolds is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Faces of Distracted Driving" series in hopes her sister's story will warn and save others.
Emily's older sister Cady, 16-years-old at the time, was killed in a crash at 132nd and West Center in 2007. Police determined the driver who hit Cady, another 16-year-old, ran a red light as a distracted driver. She hit Cady going 46 miles per hour and never hit her brakes.
"The whole thing seemed so stupid to me. Why would someone make a choice where they could end up killing someone else or themselves?" says Reynolds in the PSA.
Reynolds was in Washington D.C. Thursday for the release of the PSA video.
Her mother is understandably proud of the role her daughter has assumed. "She's a very unique 17-year old girl. I think it's rare for a young girl to have self confidence and the ability to do some of the things Emily has done," says mom Shari Reynolds.
The Reynolds family is still healing and getting through life by getting out their message.
Shari Reynolds says, "I wouldn't wish this on anybody, and so to have teens heed the message of safely and drive undistracted, we can save lives."
Emily Reynolds says, "it's irreversible, and it's really unfortunate that I had to lose my big sister in order for people around me, even in my own family, to understand the severity of distracted driving."
There have been questions about what distractions the other teen driver faced when she hit Cady Reynolds. Police will only say she was labeled a distracted driver. This national campaign brings up the question of distracted driving and texting in this case, but there was never anything to legally prove the teen driver was texting.
If you would like to see Emily's video that's part of the series, click here.