Mother doesn't get to see daughter graduate following car wreck

Mother doesn't get to see daughter graduate following car wreck

GRUVER, Texas- A mother attends what should have been her daughter's high school graduation ceremony Friday.

The small graduating class of 2012 at Gruver High School was without classmate Ali Tyler.

On Oct. 18, 2009, Ali hopped in a car with a few other girls. The driver looked down to answer a text message, over corrected on a turn and rolled the vehicle.

"Ali and my daughter were friends from the day they were born," family friend Shelene Jines said. "My daughter was with her the day she was born and she was with her the day that she died."

Ali was active in sports, even being referred to by some of her teammates as the "star" of the high school basketball team.

"We had a successful basketball season but it could have been a whole lot better if Ali were there," family friend Patty Minor said.

Even some of Ali's former teachers made their way to the graduation ceremony.

"I taught her in 5th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade," Mica Been said. "She had a beautiful smile and was a lot of fun to be around."

In honor of Ali, her mother presented scholarship awards to several of her classmates.

"The scholarships will go to her friends," Stephanie Tyler said. "They will go to some of the girls that were with her during her last few minutes."

As the students at Gruver High begin a new chapter in their lives, there's not a day that goes by when Ali is not in their thoughts.

Tyler says she will continue to push Texas legislators to pass a statewide ban on cell phone usage.

She wants her story to serve as a warning message for others about how deadly technology can be if used while driving.