On September 23, 2008, 13-year-old Margay Schee was riding home from school when a semi-truck traveling at 60 mph slammed into the back of her school bus, which had stopped to let off students. She was killed when rescuers were unable to get her out of the burning wreckage. The truck driver was reaching for his dropped cell phone at the time of the crash.
Margay was an honors student at North Marion Middle School where she played clarinet in the band and was a MCYFL cheerleader for the Senior Colts. She loved animals and volunteered her time at the EARS animal rescue sanctuary. Some of her best loves were beach surfing, skateboarding, butterflies and balloons. Her ambition was to be an airline pilot.
Margay’s mother, Elissa Blanken, has been active in the fight to end distracted driving and works with the organization, FocusDriven, which advocates for cell-free driving. Elissa has also established a Facebook page, “Never Forget Margay“.
Margay’s story is part of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” site. Watch it here: