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Police give driving tips during Teen Driver Safety Week

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Upstate teenager killed in wreck prom night 2012 (Courtesy: West Family) Upstate teenager killed in wreck prom night 2012 (Courtesy: West Family)

As Loyce West flips through a family photo album, she takes time to remember her daughter.

"She loved people - a happy-go-lucky girl," she said.

However, a prom picture is one that's tough for her took at because it's the last picture her daughter, 18-year-old Rikki Paige West, took before she left her home for the dance.

"It's been pretty hard," she said.

Back in May 2012, Rikki Paige West, along with three other friends, headed to the Woodmont High School prom. Afterwards, they decided to go bowling.

"They tried to save her, but it was just too late for her," she said.

Troopers said Rikki Paige West's friend, a teenage driver, headed down South Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville County in the left lane, but needed to be in the right. Investigators said those in the car tried to direct him to make a turn, and when he did, a collision occurred.

"Didn't make it in time, they just didn't make it across the road in time," she said.

An EMS crew rushed her daughter to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

"Be careful, you just never know what's going to happen," she said.

According to national statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of death for 14 to 18 year olds.

"Our No. 1 incentive is to save lives," Robert Cheeks said.

He's a patrol officer with the Spartanburg Public Safety Department.

"Pay attention to the road as you drive," Cheeks said.

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, so officers are pushing the "5 to Drive" campaign. The campaign stands for five rules parents should set with teenagers before they hit the road.

Here are the rules Cheeks shared:

1. No cell phones

2. No extra passengers

3. No speeding

4. No drugs or alcohol

5. Always buckle up

Investigators said in the Rikki Paige West case, neither drugs or alcohol played a role in the wreck.

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