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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  • by ily tiarra on Feb 20, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    gosh i miss her! STOP blaming the parents. She had a mind of her own. And YES it does teach a lesson to buckle up nobody obeys the rules 100% ya know? anyways i miss her like crazy so stop blaming her family thats not what she would have wanted. This was something she did, she was being a teen, we all did but hers ended in tragedy, it shouldnt have happened. well i love and miss you baby girl, keep the Heavenly father company. Ill stand up for you and defend you cus even though your gone you will forever be my best friend, and my sister. I will cherish ur family "my second family" and I will do them justice. Its so hard to believe ur gone but I love u! This is my last and final goodbye, I leave with you my promise. Forever my best friend. Ill do ur duty. Its hard for me to write this but....Bye baby girl..be i love our memories and ill cherish them and the pain wont ease but ill be here. with love, bye.
  • by faksdf. Location: flatwoods ky. on Jan 16, 2009 at 11:47 PM
    ugh i miss her so much. i think about her every single day of my life. && i still can't believe that this happened. I remember when I first heard this...the tears started pouring. I visited her mom that day & brought her a gift. ily tiarra.
  • by Maggie Location: Tennessee on Dec 3, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    This girl was my best friend and i hate the kyd that killed her
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jun 21, 2008 at 12:34 PM
    Rs...you apparently have no children or at least no teenagers.Otherwise you would know from experience that you can not be with them around the clock. I am sure this was some decent kids that just went for a joy ride. So sad that she was killed and another facing charges. My heart goes out to the parents, grandparents, families and friends of all involved. My teenagers have pulled some stupid stuff like this, luckily nobody was hurt......Just my heart and trust for them!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2008 at 12:22 AM
    god bless you and your family, you have to stay strong for yourself and your family involved in this traggic incident...
  • by sis Location: kentucky on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:53 PM
    My family had a similar situattion once. My 15 year old sister(older than myself) had gained the habit of sneaking out of the house. One night she was out with the boys and a car wreck happened, drugs, alcohol, and no tellin' what else was happening, however she wasn't lucky enough to get caught by the police. She was brought back home with a broken back, a fracture to the skull, 3 missing teeth, various cuts and bruises, s twisted wrist, and some broken ribs. Then they stuck her through the window and tucked her into bed. Poor mother hit the roof. It cost our family thousands and thousands of dollars in medical bills, a failed grade in school, and other lifelong problems. Please children listen, IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! I will be praying for these families.
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:12 PM
    This is a very tragic story...one child dead another in legal trouble...parents, family and friends of both grieving. Parents of teens, take the time to have a serious discussion with your children about what happened here....it could happen to anyone who does the same foolish kind of things. It's not enough to just say don't do it...point out the serious, permanent consequences for all involved. The sorrow is not going away for anyone involved for a very long time. One child is gone forever the other one will have to live with the remorse his entire life. Our children are worth the effort to keep lines of communication open.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Jun 19, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    Thanks j in pike for the comments. I was young once and I know that I tried some things that I shouldn't have. Fortunately, nothing bad ever happened. I'm sure my kids did some things as well and I just never found out about them. My kids are grown and very well respected professionals but that doesn't mean they weren't rotten at times. My wife and I were strict with the rules, but kids will try to get away with stuff just to see if they can. We did catch a few things but I know we didn't catch all they did. Their grades were always good, I never got a call from the cops, there was never drugs involved (alcohol yes), but no drugs. This Mom is hurting and there is probably nothing that she could have done different. My guess is she was and is a great Mom, but this can happen to anyone.
  • by bee Location: ky on Jun 19, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    you dont let them have the keys,they wait till you are a sleep then slip out with them,you can watch them 24/7 but you cant stop them ,my paryers are with both families,but never pass any of this being parents fault,you may have to walk in their shoes
  • by Taran Location: Ashland, KY on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:37 AM
    I'm really going to miss Tiarra we were never really close or anything, but we were art-class buddies and I went to her Halloween party and this is tragic to ME. I can't even imagine how her family and close friends feel. I'm sorry. :[
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