GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A family in Pitt County is coming together to remember the life of Myiah Andrews one year after she was killed in a car crash.

Myiah Andrews was a graduate of South Central High School and was 18 when a car she was riding in was allegedly hit by a drunk driver.

On Monday night, Andrews’ family came together for a vigil to celebrate her life and bring awareness to the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

Tonya Andrews is Myiah’s mother. She said Monday’s event made it feel like the fateful day all over again.
“You know I was definitely dreading it but I knew the day would have to come,” said Tonya Andrews.

Several of those who took part in the vigil had balloons in hand to pay respects to the girl gone too soon.

“We’ve had within the last year a lot of first times,” said Tonya Andrews. “She had a first birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, so you know it’s just been tough all the way around.”

Myiah’s mother described her daughter as someone who was safe and always taking precautions.

“If you would’ve known her it was, ‘Mom put your seatbelt on, mom,’ ‘I’m not getting in a car with him he’s only had his licenses for two days’, she was very, very, very careful,” said Andrews.

Members of Myiah’s family spoke Monday evening with a renewed plea for people to think before they get behind the wheel.

“I think it is every body’s responsibility,” said Andrews. “If you are under the influence and questioning whether or not you are ok, have somebody drive you.”

A warning Andrews hopes can keep other families from going through this same pain.