Brittanie Montgomery, 19 – OK

Brittanie Montgomery On December 21, 2006, Brittanie was killed when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed four lanes of traffic, and was struck by an oncoming car. She was talking on her cell phone with a friend at the time of the crash.

Brittanie was dedicated to working with children with an ultimate goal of becoming a social worker in child services. Her position at a local daycare gave her the chance to influence young lives every day with her beautiful spirit and smile. Of particular interest to Brittanie was helping abused children. She was studying child development at the University of Central Oklahoma and was focusing her studies on the special help that she could provide to the abused.

Brittanie MontgomeryHer personal goals centered on her love of dance. She was a previous member of the Yard Dawgz and the University of Central Oklahoma dance squads and was a current member of the NBA Hornets dance squad, the Honeybees. As a Honeybee she practiced and performed tirelessly and dreamed of one day becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders. Brittanie was headed for practice at the time of her accident.

Brittanie exemplified the type of personal integrity, giving spirit and persistence in the face of challenge that made her as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. For someone who accomplished so much and touched so many, she rarely took time to reflect on her own accomplishments, choosing instead to focus on her next challenge or the challenges of others.

Brittanie is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” series. View the video below: