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Woman makes good on promise to teen killed in car crash

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Hope Paul was with 16-year-old Bailey Roach during his final moments.

He was holding her wrist as she gently brushed his hair out of his face and stared into his eyes.

“I could tell that he was in rough shape,” said Paul. “And at that point I decided that I just needed to be there for him as a person, as a mom, as whatever I could be.”

Hope didn’t know Bailey, but she was one of the first people to respond to the crash, caused by a drunk driver, on Highway 395 on June 18.

“There was absolutely no reason why this had to happen,” said Paul. “That is 100 percent preventable and then a young man lost his life and another is fighting.”

Paul, who works at a hospital, was on her way home the night of the crash. Before medics arrived, Paul promised Bailey she would do right by this tragedy.

While flowers, posters, and pictures of Bailey remain on the side of Highway 395, Paul wanted to leave something more permanent.

In less than 24 hours, Paul was able to raise more than $1,000 for a “Don’t Drink and Drive” sign through the Washington Department of Transportation. The sign will have Bailey’s name on it and stand as a reminder for everyone who passes it.

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