A 13-year-old girl was killed in a car accident allegedly caused by her father, who police said was driving under the influence.
Classmates, friends and relatives of Destiney Hammons came to do more than remember her. They came to keep and share "Destiney's Promise.”
“Honk for Destiney!” screamed 14-year-old Andre Deskins, along with dozens of other young teens who came out to show support for the life of their friend who was taken one year ago.
Loved ones came to make a promise to remember Destiney Hammons the next time they think about getting into a car with an impaired driver. Hammons died at the intersection of Highways 192 and 229 on December 5, 2010 when she was riding with her father who was driving under the influence.
“Even though they are young these kids together they have power,” said Consondra Loughran, a mother of Hammons’ best friend.
“That shows you, you have a voice, you have a choice.”
Friends and family gathered where she died one year ago to fulfill "Destiney's Promise," a program they started shortly after she died. The goal is to make kids aware that they can say no and stay safe.
“I feel so privileged to have people doing this for my baby that means a lot to me you know,” said Alice Wagers, Destiney’s mom.
Those who came to show support said that everyone who showed up was touched by the little girl’s bubbly personality. As a cheerleader at South Laurel, Destiney had several friends. Her mother said 2,500 people attended the girl’s funeral.
“She is still trying to make a difference in the world because that is what she wanted, to make a difference,” said Katie Kuraczi, a childhood friend.
“I have never meet someone so compassionate she would have loved to be out here making a stand making a change!” said Deianara Loughran, her best friend.
“I hope a lot of people learn from this,” said Wagers.
“If one person is saved because of this I have done my job, she would want me to do this.”
Her mother said one word to sum her up would be “amazing.”
Hammons leaves behind two brothers, Cole Bradley Ross, age 5 and Dylan Paul Hammons, age 7. She also leaves behind a 10-year-old step sister, Savanna Nicole Ross.