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Friends and Families Remember Loved Ones Lost on SC HIghways

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Teresa Wall lost her daughter Kourtney in a car accident last April Teresa Wall lost her daughter Kourtney in a car accident last April

By: Daniel Fanning

Teresa Wall lost her daughter Kourtney when last April, killed in she a one-car accident. Kourtney in was in a car with her boyfriend who was driving over 100 mph when he lost control of the car and crashed. 

"It takes your heart. There's nothing there. It literally rips you apart," said Kourtney's mother Teresa.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety held its annual memorial service for victims of highway deaths Saturday in Lexington.

Victim's families and friends attended the service at Lexington Baptist Church.

The Wall's are one of over a hundred families at the service. Each family stood up when the name of the person they lost appeared on a screen at the front of the church.

"They all share a common bond just to come together and be together and be able to talk and be able to understand they're not alone," said Mark Reel director of SC Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety reports over 800 people who lost their lives on South Carolina highways in 2010. South Carolina highway deaths have gone down in the last three to four years.

"Reduction in fatalities is a good thing, you can't stop working toward zero until there are zero and that's our mindset," Corporal Bryan McDouglad said.

McDouglad said the top three causes of fatalities on highways are speeding, alcohol, and not wearing a seatbelt.

Teresa enjoyed the service, but she still has a long way to go to cope with her daughter's death.

"As far as helping me, I don't know if I'll ever get through it," said Wall.

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