A 16-year-old Baker City resident died early Sunday morning after apparently driving off the road after skidding on ice while on I-84. It has been reported that Mayce Collard was not wearing a seat-belt, and was thrown from the car as it rolled over and landed in a nearby field. Her passenger, who was reportedly wearing a seat-belt, was taken to our local hospital and is going to be okay, if only physically. Emotionally, this will scar her for the rest of her life.
During Mayce’s funeral today, people were spilling out into the street in front of the Catholic church. So many cars, hundreds of people, and then seeing her home a block away, covered in balloons, photos, stuffed animals, flowers…. what a terrible loss for her family and friends, and this community.
From all accounts in our local newspaper, as well as people we’ve spoken to since this tragic accident, Mayce was a bright, beautiful, charismatic, and intelligent young woman. She was everyone’s friend, and her death has made quite an impact on this small town.
Mayce’s obituary brought me to tears, and I had never met her. Imagine what an impact she must have had on other people’s lives.
Please. Please wear your seat-belt. Insist that everyone in your car wear a seat-belt. Explain to your kids the importance of a seat-belt. Accidents will always happen, but if we can be just that much safer it’s worth the effort.