Nickel From Nicole 
Saving lives, one Nickel at a time
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                 The #1 cause of teenage fatalities is Car accidents                                                                     ** Fox-4 News Coverage**
 

Nicole Kathryn LeGrow
  
 "Always In Our Hearts" 


This site is in memory of Nicole "Nickel" LeGrow, a passenger in a car, who's aspiring life came to a tragic end on July 8, 2010 at the young age of 16.

Nicole's tragic death is a wake up call and reminder to all, of the fatal consequences that can result from reckless behavior behind the wheel of a vehicle.



Teenagers - You hear the statistics over and over, yet the problem never goes away.  Your inexperience in the first few years of drivng leaves you vulnerable to accidents.  Add to your inexperience: speeding, recklessness, distraction, impairment, drowsiness and no seat belt and the numbers in the statistics start to make sense.  The responsibilities required for safe driving, lie on your shoulders.  Please don't risk your life, and the innocent lives around you.

Parents - Only you know when your child is skilled and mature enough to drive without supervision. Driving is not a privilege at the age of 16. Ensure your child receives the proper driver's education. Don't cut corners due to convenience or financial reasons. Innocent lives hinge on your decisions.

At some point you will pass along the keys to the car with confidence, because your child has demonstrated the skills and responsibility required to drive alone safely.  Don't think for a moment that because your child is ready, that the driver of the car your child is getting into, is as well.

Thank you for visiting Nickel From Nicole.

On average 500,000 teenagers are seriously injured in car accidents each year, and another 5,000 teenagers are killed, making car accidents the leading cause of teen deaths in the USA. 

The causes vary but can be generally categorized as;
  • Driver Inexperienced
  • Distracted Driving
  • Reckless Driving
  • Impaired Driving
  • No Seatbelt
  • Night Time/Drowsy Driving.  
Sadly, most of these deaths are preventable!
 


Nicole’s Story:  It was birthday season.  It seemed like every week there was another one of Nicole’s friends turning 16.  On the afternoon of July 8, 2010 Nicole (16) would be picked up at home by her girlfriend (16) to drive to their classmate/friend’s 16th birthday celebration.  There would be five cars in all, with two classmates per car, traveling together across town (~6miles).  The caravan was to enter State Highway 121 for a short jaunt, to meet up with the parents, just two exits away.  The caravan would never make it to their destination…  Upon entering the highway, the driver of Nicole’s car, overcome with competitiveness, sped forward trying to pass all of the other cars ahead of her.  Recklessly weaving through the normal flow of traffic, the driver ultimately used the emergency lane as a passing lane.  The highway cameras showed the car, unopposed, traveling in excess of 101MPH before losing control in the down pour rainy conditions; slamming head-on, on the passenger side, into a large signage pole in the center median.  Nicole was killed instantly, the driver survived with minor injuries.  No drugs, no alcohol, no texting contributed to the horrific accident, but the driver’s inexperience, poor decision making, and reckless behavior did.  The driver’s senseless actions took the life of her best friend – preventable by all measures.

Nickel from Nicole:  One of the other drivers that day was Nicole’s classmate and friend Lance.  Lance watched the tragedy unfold as the car he was driving was passed, and seconds later witness to the fatal crash.  In the days that followed, Lance wrote a letter to Nicole’s family talking about how he’d first met Nicole and how they would hang out in the same group etc.  He wrote how special her friendship was to him and how he thought it was cute how Nicole would nickname her friends with a "y" at the end of their names (Lance was Lancey).

Always the nicknamer, but never with a nickname of her own; Lance wrote, in the aftermath, how he was going to nickname Nicole, "Nickel" (her initials were NKL). Lance continued to write how he taped a Nickel to the dashboard of his car as a constant reminder for himself to drive safely - knowing now, the extent of the consequences of not doing so.  His final thought was that Nicole's death would save many others...

Nicole's family was deeply touched by Lance's letter and wondered... "If Lance is going to use a Nickel on the dashboard of his car to remind himself to always drive safely, do you think we could get other teenage drivers to do the same?"  You betcha!!!  The non-profit "Nickel from Nicole" was born.  A 501(c)3 whose mission is to promote save driving to new teenage drivers, and the parents of.

Nickel Card:  To help with the messaging and distribution of Nickels, a Nickel Card was created.  Easy to read, yet very impactful:  A beaming picture of Nicole in sharp contrast to a photo of the wreckage; The tragic headlines from the newspaper countered by a brief description of Nicole's aspiring life; A self-adhered Nickel is attached, with the instructions to peel off and attach to the recipient's dashboard;  Lance's letter, that inspired it all, is printed on the back.

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 Pay it Forward: - The objective of Nickel from Nicole is simple:


To get other teenagers (and adults) to place a "Nickel" on their dashboard as a constant reminder to drive safely.

Our hope is that you will participate individually.  Our dream, in honor of Nicole, is that you will take the initiative to encourage your family, friends, neighbors, school, church, youth group, team, city & state to do the same.  It all begins with you.

To date approximately 60,000 Nickel cards have been assembled
 and shipped to fulfill requests from around the world!

       
       

The impact Nickel From Nicole will have on saving lives can never be measured, however, one dad's perspective is spot on;

"What a great tribute to Nicole! I've got a nickel in all the cars Danny drives now, I hope it gives him pause each time he gets behind the wheel. I know it will for me." 

Thank you for your support.  

         Jeff, Sharlene & Chris LeGrow    

       "SAVING LIVES ONE NICKEL at a TIME"



 



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