Community walks for Maryville teen killed by impaired driver

Community walks for Maryville teen killed by impaired driver

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The "Walk like MADD" was held in West Hills Park. It's sponsored by Mother's Against Drunk Driving. The "Walk like MADD" was held in West Hills Park. It's sponsored by Mother's Against Drunk Driving.
Amelia Keown (source: Keown Family) Amelia Keown (source: Keown Family)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Dozens in the community remembered a Maryville teen Saturday morning that was killed in a head-on crash back in August.

Amelia Keown died after being hit head-on by a man running from police.

The man who hit her had drugs in his system.

The "Walk like MADD" was held in West Hills Park. It's sponsored by Mother's Against Drunk Driving.

Amelia's mother, Amanda Moore, started "Team Amelia" in her honor. She does not want her daughter to be forgotten.

She also hopes the event will prevent families from going through the same situation as her.

"Doing this and all of the things I'm doing with the law to help someone else not go through this, because it is a nightmare. Everyday, it's just surreal still and it's been eight months. I still wait for her to come home," said Amanda Moore.

In addition to Moore, there were other mothers who had a personal connection to the event.

Kim Ledford's son, Dustin, died after being hit by an impaired driver going the wrong way in July of 2010.  She says she does not want her son's death to be in vain.

"We just feel like, through the MADD walk, we can hopefully make a difference and not have another family go through what these families have gone through," Ledford said. 

More than 200 people participated in the event, surpassing their goal of raising $20,000.

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