King remembers every detail of her daughter's last day. "I was in the hospital visiting my mother. When I got back, I asked where Lulu was. My daughter said she'd left in a truck with a four-wheeler on the back and said she'd be home by 11 that night. I thought she'd call about 10:30 or so, but the call didn't come. It was raining. I was uneasy. I couldn't sleep, especially with her being out on a four-wheeler.
"When the phone rang that morning, I thought it would be Lulu saying she had stayed at a friend's and was on her way to school. But it was the emergency room."
For burial, they dressed her in jeans and a tie-dyed T-shirt. "She wasn't a person for dresses," King said. She collected bears. They put her favorites in the casket. They added a Grateful Dead T-shirt and CDs by the Grateful Dead, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and Celine Dion.
Her mother feels adamantly about the need for ATV safety regulations. A few minutes of joyriding, she said, cost her the life of her daughter and $40,000 in hospital bills.
"Nothing anyone can say can make me change my mind about four-wheelers. They just aren't safe."
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