A mother who was killed when her car veered into the path of a dump truck in Riverview last December might have been distracted by her kids at the time of the crash, the father of the children said Monday.
Jason Welburn, speaking publicly for the first time, said he believes Stephanie Drury, 28, had turned around to tend to their baby girl, Emily Grace, who was just born five days earlier.
"Something happened. She leaned back to check on her and give her her pacifier or something and just inadvertently yanked the wheel to the left," Welburn said. "There's ups and downs. I'll never be over her. I'll grieve for the rest of my life."
Welburn and Drury had dated for 11 years and had two daughters: Emily Grace and 3-year-old Sara, who was also in the car; both girls survived the Dec. 17 accident on Symmes Road.
"If they weren't here, in my presence, all the time, I'd lose it," said Welburn, who called it a miracle that his children weren't killed. "God's got a plan for everybody. That's the only conclusion that I can come to."
According to a study by Parents.com, distracted driving is common for busy mom: 63 percent of the more than 2,000 mothers surveyed said they turn around while driving to tend to their kids. The website also reported babies are eight times more distracting to a driver than adults in the car.
These statistics and the grief Welburn is feeling is why he wants to get his message out.
"If everybody could just realize how fragile life really is, and it could be taken from you just like that," he added.