Prom safety week: Mother shares heartbreak with teen drivers

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Students at three Rockingham County, Virginia high schools are still getting ready for prom. And at one high school, teachers are working to make sure your kids get to, and leave from, the dance safely.

Angela Beagle's 19-month-old daughter Kate died after a teenager crashed into her four years ago, while she was waiting at a school bus stop with a babysitter.

Prosecutors accused the driver of being distracted, but he was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter during a retrial.

Since then, Beagle has been working to educate teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

On Wednesday, she shared her story with East Rockingham High School students, honoring her daughter.

"It's healing for me, but it's also spreading the word against driving distracted and i just want these teenagers and high school students just to know that it's not worth it, nothing is worth a life," said Beagle.

Students say that her message makes an impact.

"It changes other people's lives forever if someone got distracted, so I think people need to listen to the message that she says," said Shyanne Smith, a sophomore.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, across the country each day, eight people die from a crash involving a reported distracted driver.

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