In the early evening of April 24, 2015, dozens of first responders were called to 34th Ave. near Grand St., the scene of a devastating three-car accident later determined to be the result of street racing. The wreck killed both occupants in one car: James Sutton, the driver, and his passenger, Christy Breece. Police said Breece was not wearing her seat belt when the crash happened.
Left without their mother, Breece's two sons - Treyton and Jayden - began their own pro-seat belt movement in Amarillo. The young boys began handing out stickers in memory of their mother, urging drivers to buckle up at all times. Their cause was picked up by other local organizations, and their message was later promoted across billboards on I-40 and I-27.
That cause has only grown larger. We'll share their story tonight, on the News at Ten. Below is a story originally published Feb. 5.
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Two young boys are asking area residents to buckle up in memory of their mother who died in a car accident.
Treyton and Jayden Breece lost their mother, Christy, in a racing accident last April. She was a passenger in the car and was not wearing a seat belt. A few months later, the boys were in an accident as well but both were buckled up.
"My mom and us were in a crash, but not in the same crash," said Treyton. "They weren't wearing their seat belts, but we were. Both of the people in their car died, and no one in the car with us passed away. We want people to buckle up so they are like us and actually survive a wreck."
"And drive safe so they can go home to their loved ones," added Jayden.
The boys hope they can promote wearing seat belts through two stickers.
One reads, "Please buckle up. You have loved ones. In loving memory of Christy Breece."
The other says, "You have loved ones. No need to speed on the street. There's a time and a place to race. In loving memory of Christy Breece."
"We're just going to be giving them away to whoever wants one," said Treyton.
The boys have already given away dozens of stickers and are now brainstorming ways to raise money so they can order more.
In the meantime, Lamar Outdoor is putting their message on its digital billboards around Amarillo for free. "It's really cool because we started this a week ago and on Wednesday that billboard thing happened," said Treyton. "I don't even think it was Wednesday, maybe Tuesday or Monday."
The boys said they just want people to buckle up and they hope their simple message can help save a life.
They will announce where they are handing out stickers and other future fundraisers on their Facebook page "Christy's Kids."