'Brake For Bela' Grassroots Campaign Dedicated To Keeping Kids Safe
Family seeks to highten motorists awareness of kids during the summer months
Five-year-old Bela Estes was playing with friends in front of her home in Arvada, Colo., when she ran out into the street and was hit by a car.
She survived, but her scary accident inspired her family to get the message out about the dangers of distracted driving every summer with a grassroots campaign called 'Brake for Bela' where they remind drivers, 'School is out. Kids are about'
"I couldn't see and the driver couldn't see me and I was running across and she hit me," Bela told CBS Denver.
Bela was thrown down on to the pavement by the force of the collision. The car rolled over her foot and she suffered road burn on her forehead and a black eye. Bela's mother Kristi told CBS Denver that the driver was on her iPod and didn't see Bela run out in front of her car.
People who've caused these kinds of distracted driving accidents are also speaking out. Amanda Kloehr created the website Amanda Reconstructed and began speaking at schools and other events after her near fatal crash into the back of a tractor-trailer, encouraging drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
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