Owasso mom turns heartbreak into higher purpose after daughter's death by driver

An Owasso mother is turning her daughter's tragic death into an example for others to not text and drive after a vehicle fatally hit her. 

Gail Lambert says "Drop it & Drive" signs were put up Sept. 23, a day before her daughter's birthday. She says three other school districts want the signs and decals for their buses. She says her daughter is probably looking down and smiling.

"I don't want to be angry, I don't," she said. "But my daughter is gone, so it's rough."

There's something special in the urn wrapped around Gail Lambert's neck. It's so special, she will keep it with her wherever she goes.

"The signs going up are a way of getting advocates and people behind us," Lambert said. "We are getting awareness out there before we go further."

The white and blue signs are scattered throughout Owasso Public Schools, where Bobbi was a ninth grade teacher.

"Right now the signs are at the mid-high and the high school where Bobbi worked," Lambert said. "They're in the process of making 30 more signs and they'll be at all the Owasso school zones."

Lambert says her daughter was concerned about her students and the anxiety they would have without their phones. She wanted to do something about it. Her mom pursued her wish.

"The hashtag for my daughter is a trail to the Senate floor, that's where we are going," she said. "We're going to do something. She hasn't died for no reason [sic], it's going to change something."

Lambert says it's been five months since the accident. She says Bobbi's two kids are still recovering. Her mother says her pain will never go away, but she thinks her daughter would be proud.

"It feels like a step, it's like it's OK," she said.

Scott Alan Smith is accused of hitting White and her two kids. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing Nov. 21.

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