Mother of 12-year-old girl killed in I-275 pileup remembers ‘life is precious'

MAINEVILLE, Ohio - After the death of her 12-year-old daughter, Jill Reagan remembers her child's last words: Life is precious.

"After the accident happened, they were all fine in the car," Jill said. "My daughter said ‘life is precious,' and those were her last words."

Sammy Reagan was the only death after a 96-vehicle pileup on I-275 last month. Sammy was struck in the back of the head by a median cable barrier when she got out of the car, killing her.

On Sunday, all three Putters Sports Grill locations across the Tri-State held a fundraiser for Reagan family.
Jill says the community's support means a lot to her.

"I've had to do a lot of prayer," she said.  "I don't think I'd be here today if my church hadn't helped me."

Jill says she still feels pain when she remembers the day of the accident, which began when a snow squall led to a pileup and several-hour road closure on I-275.

"For miles all you could hear was ‘Boom, boom, boom' of tractor trailers," Jill said. 

She and her family were on their way to Perfect North to ski, but never made it.  They got caught in the pileup.

Jill and her two sons got out of the car safely. Sammy was with her babysitter and two friends two cars behind her mother.

Jill said she is going to use Sammy's death as a reminder about the importance of giving back.

"She was truly an angel and is going to give and we are going to give back to Cincinnati," Jill said.

Donations can be made to the Samantha "Sammy" Reagan Foundation by stopping at any Fifth Third Bank.

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