NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) -- Another local teenager killed in a car crash believed to be partly caused by speed, is laid to rest. Family and friends of Taylor Messing gathered at the Lane Funeral Home in Niagara Falls late Wednesday morning, to remember her. The 17 year old surrounded by pink flowers, her favorite color. "We didn't get to say goodbye, it's a tragedy... it's an uncalled for death," Kat and Stan Messing, Taylor's parents, said.
Taylor was killed in a crash on Youngstown-Lockport Road in the Town of Porter on Saturday. She was a passenger. Police say speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. Taylor's parents say they want to make sure drivers, especially teens, stop speeding. "I've seen it for the last two, three days while I'm mourning my daughter," Taylor's dad said. "Ridiculous how kids drive nowadays, you gotta think of your parents and people that love you, that are gonna miss you if something happens to you and not get a chance to say goodbye. Don't speed, nobody needs a death in their family from a car accident, it's all unavoidable."
"Parents have to understand how valuable their children are and everybody thinks that it's not going to happen to them, I did I was one of those people and it would never happen to me, but it did," Taylor's mother said. "If anything comes from this I hope that everybody hugs their kids today and tells them that they love them, every day. And just realize just how precious they really are."
Taylor was buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetary in Lewiston. Taylor's grandmother says the family is in the process of setting up a memorial fund. If you'd like to donate you can call the Lane Funeral Home in Niagara Falls at (716) 283-9660, until further notice.
A second teenager was killed in the crash, 19 year old Jeremy Campbell. Three others survived the crash, including the driver.