Calli Ann Murray, 2 – CA

Callie Anne Murray (2).jpg 3On December 1, 2010, 2-year-old Calli Ann Murray and her mother Ling were walking home from a park just blocks from their home. As they crossed the street in a crosswalk, holding hands,  a young driver who was  18-year-old freshman volleyball player at Sonoma State University was  texting on her cell phone.  She struck Calli and Ling, killing Calli  instantly, and critically injuring Ling.Callie Anne Murray (2).jpg 4

Calli was an intelligent child, who about 4 months earlier asked her mom if she could go to school. Ling responded, not until you know your A B C’s and your numbers. Calli proceeded to recite the alphabet in English and Chinese and did the same with her numbers.

Calli was  a joy to be with and enjoyed life very much. She was a special child, and even her name had a significant meaning.The name itself, C-A-L-L-I:C-A stood for Chinese American, L for created in love, and L-I was her mother Ling’s maiden name.Callie Anne Murray.JPG 5


The family has established the Calli Ann Memorial Foundation and have worked to change texting while driving laws in California.

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

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