It was a tragic end for 19-year-old Meagan Rough, whose friends say was full of spirit and had a bright future ahead. The Texas Tech student's life was cut violently short when a suspected drunk driver took her life months ago.
In December, Meagan was a passenger in her friend's vehicle, when investigators said 19-year-old Jason Chad White was driving at a high rate of speed on Glenna Goodacre and crashed into the rear of that small sedan. The vehicle spun into the media. Meagan was ejected, even though she was wearing a seatbelt. Police reported White's blood alcohol content was .20, more than twice the legal limit.
As the challenging days for Meagan's friends and family have passed, those loved ones have set up the MayDay 5K Glow Event, a night run to keep the 19-year-old's memory alive.
Meagan's mother traveled six hours from their hometown in Kaufman for the event. The details were actually a secret to Kari Rough, who said friends and family wanted her to be surprised by everything done to honor her daughter's memory. Plans were to host the night run in December for the anniversary of Meagan's death, but with so much encouragement from the community, the family decided to move it up. The run was complete with face paint, glitter, and even a few contests. Rough said she couldn't imagine a better way to remember her daughter.
"She liked to sparkle," Rough said. "She liked glowy things. She liked glitter, she liked vibrance, whether it's life or color. She was very, very vibrant. She was very energetic, she had an incredible sense of humor, made everyone laugh like you couldn't believe."
"It's made everybody feel so positive," Miranda Nalls, a friend of Meagan's, said. "We're actually acting on something, it's not like she was just taken in vain. We're actually putting action to something that was a horrible thing, we're just putting a cause to it now. It gives us something to focus on."
All proceeds will go towards the Meagan Rough Memorial Fund. Rough said they'll use some of that money to award scholarships to those who present the best video or presentation of some kind that takes a stand against drunk driving.