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Mother working to protect kids near cars following son's death
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
A mother is on a mission to reduce the number of deaths stemming from drivers who accidentally back over children after the death of her son.
"He had this beautiful smile and he just made people happy," Lisa Wright said.
Nearly 11 years after her three-year old son died, a cross off of Twin City Highway keeps his memory alive.
"I hope when people drive by here and they see his cross with his name on it, that they you know, think about him," Wright said. Friday was the first time she'd been back to the spot. "My life was forever changed here at this location."
June 30, 2003, Lisa Wright's family stopped at a snow cone stand in Groves. Her son, Cade Wright, was walking back to his family's car. Another driver was backing up to leave. She didn't see Cade and backed over him.
"I was the first person to him and that was brutal," Wright said. "He died instantly," forever changing her life.
"This was actually my daughter's birthday. It was actually the week before he died. It's one of the very last pictures I have of him," Wright said as she pointed to a picture of Cade hanging on a wall in her home. "Somedays it feels like it has been forever you know since I got to hold him."
Wright decided to turn her anguish into action. She's featured in a public service announcement for the organization Kids and Cars.
Wright works with the group to inform parents and legislators of the dangers children face in and around vehicles.
"Goodbye, goodbye good friends, goodbye," Cade said in a home video featured in the public service announcement.
"I know that the work that I'm doing, that I really am saving the life of a child's name I'll never know and I'm saving a mother from the heartache that I live with everyday and I get to honor him in doing that," Wright said.
This Mother's Day, Kids and Cars will name Wright an "Exceptional Mother of Inspiration" for her work.
"There's still that missing piece of my heart, there's still that day when all your babies should be here and so it's a bittersweet day for me," Wright said.
It's a day Wright will mark without one of her children by her side.
"Love your babies while you have them," Wright said. "You know, tomorrow's not promised."
Soon, all car makers will be required to install back-up cameras in vehicles starting May 2018.