By: Elizabeth Nickerson
Tallahassee, FL--It's a marker to remember to drive safely. This sign on Capital Circle Southeast shows where eight year old RonShay Dugans lost her life five years ago today. When a school bus that she was riding in was hit by a drowsy driver. It's a day her Aunt Josie will never forget.
"It's not just this week, but its everyday, we are all trying to just making through the day," said Josie West, the victim's aunt.
State Representative, Alan Williams, passed a law in 2009, the year after RonShay died, to bring awareness to the dangers of driving while fatigued.
"We want to make sure something like this never happens again," said Alan Williams, a State Representative.
"We're just trying to keep her spirit alive through our faith," said West.
West says advocating against drowsy driving helps the family cope. This year, they will keep with tradition and give coffee out in the rest stops to help prevent it from happening to another family. On this anniversary, the family will gather just to remember the joy that RonShay brought to their lives.
"Nothing, but fun love, happy, so we laugh instead of crying about it we laugh about something that she would have laughed about," said West.