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Mother Of Teen Killed In Joyride Speaks Out

It's something an eastern Kentucky mother says never should have happened, but now a joyride has left her 14-year-old daughter dead and another teenager facing charges.

Tiarra Phillips was killed earlier this week, after the car she was riding in crashed on a Boyd County road.

Police say the 15-year-old-driver did not have a license.

Now, Phillips' mother is talking about her loss.

"I never would have thought my daughter was sneaking out of the house," said Melissa Plumley.

For Plumley, the tragedy involving her daughter is now serving as a painful reminder for friends and family.

"Good kids make bad decisions. They make mistakes too," she said.

Police say Phillips, and a group of teens, took a joy ride with a 15-year-old driver. The car narrowly missed a gasoline truck and slammed into a brick wall.

Phillips wasn't wearing a seat belt.

"She made a bad decision and got in the car without a seat belt. That's what cost her her life," said her mother.

Plumley wants to use her daugther's death to remind others to buckle up.

The 15-year-old boy police say was driving without a license is now charged with manslaughter and two counts of wanton endangerment.


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