North Richland Hills – Last Saturday, 15-year-old Kendall Clark was in the car with her mom when their vehicle was struck by a Jeep.
The Jeep hit the passenger side where Kendall was sitting as Kendall’s mom was making a left turn onto Rufe Snow Drive. Kendall was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mom was last said to be in critical condition.
After word of Kendall’s death spread, her fellow Richland High School friends took to Twitter to send their condolences, and one friend – Karlisa Brannan – posted a tribute video on YouTube.
Wrecks like these are never easy to talk about, but the truth is that they happen every day. Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do on a daily basis, and it’s not without consequence.
In Texas, it’s estimated that over 3,300 people are killed in car accidents annually. According to 2012 data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly 1/3 of those killed are passengers like Kendall, not drivers.
After a loved one has been in a fatal accident, it’s important to seek help. Coping with the death of a friend or family member while also trying to sort through the hectic paperwork, claims process and normal day-to-day life can amp up the stress and make healing much harder.
I’m glad to see that Richland High School is bringing in counselors to talk to students; this is a smart step forward. For those who aren’t yet ready to talk to someone, there are also many online resources like this teen’s guide to loss and grief.