A mother in Minnetonka knows all to well what can happen when a teenager behind the wheel is distracted. Now she dedicates her time, working to keep other kids safe.
Kelly Phillips, 17, died as a result of distracting driving in September 2007. The state patrol says Phillips’ friend, who was behind the wheel, was either texting or using her iPod at the time of the crash. She died along with Phillips.
Everything changed for her mother, Jane Phillips. In two and a half years since her daughter’s death has helped spearhead an effort to save lives.
“Her life created an opportunity for us to keep a legacy in a way that’s been pretty phenomenal,” said Phillips.
At Minnetonka High, where Kelly attended school, Phillips now helps perform safety checks on campus, looking for students distracted by technology or not buckled up.
One reason why the Phillips’ also started the Kelly Phillips Charitable Foundation was to make a difference before people get behind the wheel.
The foundation is funding a lot of different things that are going to make the world better.