Our Family's Story
JULY 21, 2012 A day that changed many lives in our small North Carolina city.
Two beloved sisters were tragically killed that morning when the vehicle they were in left the road, struck an embankment and then a tree. The sisters who were passengers, died at the scene. The driver was 18 years old intoxicated, high on marijuana and driving recklessly at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred. She suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Taylor London was 23 years old and looking forward to a brilliant future. She loved books and learning all she could. She graduated from UNCG with a BS degree in Psychology. She was working on her first novel when she passed away.
Meredith London was 18 years old and had just graduated high school and was planning to start college in the fall. She was the one to go to about the latest fashion even though she liked to wear her jogging pants all the time. She was going to be comfortable and didn't care what others would think.
Both girls were known for their big smiles, big laughs and big heart. When it came to listening to their friends problems, they would listen and give advice which was respected. They loved being together and spending time with their siblings and family.
As a grieving Dad, he became involved with MADD shortly after the girls passed away. The girls father has been very active within the surrounding communities educating others in alcohol awareness. He shares the consequences of underage drinking with a drivers education program, and speaks through DWI courts. He will meet you where you are if there is some concern with your teen. One on one meetings with teens, parents and even DWI offenders has become new way to get his message across.
"If I can change the thinking of one person, it could make all the difference in the world to another family," Kevin said. "It's my mission to spare other families the pain of senseless tragedies like this."
On March 4th, 2015, The driver of the vehicle accepted a plea, she admitted to knowing her actions put people's lives at risk by means of a weapon or device (motor vehicle) which would normally be hazardous to the lives of more than one person.
She received two 30-48 months active sentences. The plea required sentences to run consecutively for a total of 60-90 months in the State Department of Corrections.
The driver had been drinking heavily and smoking marijuana and ultimately lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree. It took first responders almost ninety minutes to extract the driver, who was the only survivor, Meredith and Lauren (Taylor) were killed on impact.
The drivers test results were positive for marijuana and revealed a BAC of .20 at the time of the crash.
drunk & Drugged driving education & AWARENESS