Our entire lives changed in an instant on November 11, 2020. I remember watching our children, Le’Nyce and LeeAnthony, leave our home that morning. My husband had dropped LeeAnthony off at football practice, and our daughter Le’Nyce was set to pick him up and drop him off at my office.
Before I left for work, Le’Nyce and I spoke about her college applications. I told her how proud I was of her and that I looked forward to seeing her graduate that school year.
Early that afternoon, I received a notification from my video doorbell. There were two officers at my door. The officers were there to inform us that our children had been involved in a vehicular accident. They told me LeeAnthony had passed away instantly at the scene of the accident. Le’Nyce was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, where she passed a couple of days later, on November 13th, 2020.
My heart dropped as if it had stopped beating. I was shocked at what I was hearing. All I remember thinking is, “How could this have happened?” I had just spoken to our daughter not too long ago, and our son was finishing football practice. I was numb, in pure and utter disbelief. I immediately contacted my husband, who was working, and told him he needed to get to the hospital because our children had been involved in a terrible accident, and LeeAnthony had passed. After reaching out to my mother, she immediately rushed to my workplace to pick me up, and together we drove to the hospital, both of us still in a state of disbelief.
The accident report stated that Le’Nyce was traveling west in the outside lane of East Pflugerville Parkway when a 16-year-old driver ran the red light, striking her vehicle in the “3 o’clock position.” The teen driver was traveling south on the North SH-130 service road in the inside lane.
The Fisher teens embodied leadership, hard work and family values and always wanted to affect positive change in the lives of others. In the essence of this spirit, the Le’Nyce and LeeAnthony Fisher Foundation was established and we aim to continue their efforts though this organization. Breaking the speed limit and running red lights cause thousands of fatal accidents each year. These accidents are preventable through education, training, and legislation. We never want a family to experience the pain of losing a loved one. In Texas, a Drivers License is considered provisional until the age of 18. Parents, please monitor and encourage your teen drivers to be mindful and always practice safe driving habits. Lead by example and frequently educate your teens on road safety through their teen years.
To provide support for Families Affected By Vehicular Fatalities.
The Le’Nyce and LeeAnthony Fisher Foundation is committed to providing support and resources for families who have suffered the loss of a child in the Pflugerville, Round Rock, Hutto and Austin metroplex. We are currently able to offer financial assistance, grief counseling (Individual and Group), and family retreats.
Pay attention to the speed limit. Speeding can increase the severity of an accident and gives you less time to react.
Be prepared to stop on yellow lights, and make a complete stop once the light turns red.
Do not run a red light, as doing so can cause serious accidents. Even when you are in a rush remember that no issue is more important than your life or the lives of others on the road.
Stay alert. Phone calls, texts, and social media notifications can wait. When you are behind the wheel, you should be 100% focused on driving at all times.
Observe the light and do what's right! Before you pick up your cell phone, reach for something that fell under your seat, or speed up to try to beat the light, ask yourself if this action contributes to you being a responsible driver.
Most accidents, on the road or elsewhere, happen when we least expect it. No one can predict whether his or her day is about to take a tragic turn and become the most devastating day of his or her life.
A family of seven was completely unaware that a 16-year-old driver, would make a choice, that would change their lives forever.
Our family does not want anyone else to face the tragedy and loss that we experienced.
What was lost, i.e., the beautiful lives of Le’Nyce and LeeAnthony, cannot be replaced; but, we have chosen to honor their legacy by establishing the Le’Nyce and LeeAnthony Fisher Foundation. We vow to share their testimonies in an effort to spare other families the pain and devastation of losing a child or loved one as we have.
If you live outside of the Pflugerville, Round Rock, Hutto and Austin metroplex, still reach out to us, and we will together identify resources closer to you.