WASHINGTON — A mother of nine who died in a car crash last year says she’s “not ready for her death” and wants to keep her daughter out of the spotlight.
Tara Lynn Evans said her daughter, Jamey Evans, was “too good” to die in the way that she did.
The 14-year-old was the oldest person to die at the wheel of a car on Christmas Day 2012 when she lost control and hit a guardrail at the intersection of Virginia and Ohio streets in Northwest Washington.
The vehicle slammed into a guard rail in front of the home of Evans’s sister and another person, killing her.
In an interview with The Associated Press, she said she wants Jameys death to be known as a “wake-up call for others to understand what it means to have someone else’s life taken away just because they are different.”
Jamey was born to a mother and father who worked in retail.
She attended Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University before attending Washington University in St. Louis.
She was studying accounting.
She also was working at the National Gallery of Art.
Jameys sister, a nursing student, and a man she never knew were the only two people in the car.
The Associated Press is not naming the driver because of privacy concerns.
It’s not clear how many other cars were involved.
The Washington State Patrol said it’s investigating the crash.
“As this investigation continues, we will work with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the Washington Department of Health to determine whether the appropriate criminal charges should be filed,” said Lt.
Col. Jason Krawczyk, spokesman for the patrol.