Christine Miller has shared the most devastating and heartbreaking story of her three-year-old son Kyle, who died in a car accident, and is now sharing her story to remind parents of the importance of car seat safety.
It’s been exactly 12 years since Christine Miller had seen her child’s smile, kissed his cheeks, or felt his arms wrap around her neck. And on the anniversary of Kyle’s death, Christine is sharing her heartbreaking story as an important warning about car seats for all parents.
“I had no idea that morning with him would be the last time I heard his adorable laugh and sweet voice call me mommy and see his eyes lit up with life and wonder,” Christine shared on the Car Seat Consultants Facebook page.
Kyle was only 3 years old when he was killed. He was sitting in a booster seat when an impaired driver ran a red light and collided with the family’s car. Christine believes that he wouldn’t have been killed in the crash if he had been restrained in a five-point harness car seat, and that guilt has been almost impossible to live with. “I’ve walked through hell and still carry a piece of it inside me. I’ve come to realize that this kind of loss is not something you ever get over or make peace with, it’s something you eventually learn how to contain in a box of fire inside your heart, and keep a lid on so that you can function on a day to day basis,” she wrote.
Miller revealed she believed her son was safe in a booster seat, but she learned after the accident that he should have been properly strapped into a 5-point car seat.” Now, she’s determined to arm parents with the knowledge she never had.
Here is a sobering truth: every day we lose 4 to 5 children in car crashes. They are the leading cause of death for kids in most countries and yet most of us are completely untrained in the best way to keep our kids safe from them.
So please, speak up if you see a child in a dangerous situation. You could save a life. Children’s lives are more important than parent’s egos. If someone would have done so for me, Kyle would still be here. We have a lot of work to do but I know we can save lives if we work together to share Kyle’s story and message.