Tallahassee family using billboard to send message of safety

Published: May. 8, 2018 at 4:15 PM EDT
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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee family is encouraging those on motorcycles and those behind the wheel to drive safely.

A billboard now up on West Tennessee Street features the face of Kris McElhenny, who was killed in a motorcycle crash 16 years ago on May 8, 2002.

McElhenny's family puts up a billboard each year to boost awareness.

It says "Be Nice, Look Twice, Save a Life."

They're hoping it'll spare other families their heartbreak.

"I'm a proud mom. I'm excited to see his face up there. He's getting a very important message out there. You know he's help saving lives," said his mother, Tina McElhenny.

Kris McElhenny's family, including his sister and four nieces and nephews, gathered around the billboard Tuesday morning.

"I wish I could meet him," said eight year old nephew Kison McElhenny-Matthews, "and he would be the greatest person I ever met." Kison's mother Kelsei was the same age when Kris died.

The McElhenny's were all wearing orange in honor of Florida's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The family is teaming up with other families who've lost sons in motorcycle crashes to post similar billboards in other cities.

A billboard featuring crash victim Dylan Christopher Corbin is now up in Panama City and Pensacola. Motorcycle crash victim Barry Crigger is featured on a billboard in Jacksonville.