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Couple support safe teen driving in daughter’s memory

Amid numerous, not-yet-successful efforts to strengthen Pennsylvania's teen-driving laws, one Chester County couple has continued its quest to make the state's roads less perilous.

Brian and Cheri Miller of Kennett Square founded the Abby Miller Safe at Home Foundation as a tribute to their daughter, Abby, a Unionville High junior and volunteer softball coach, who died June 13, 2008, when she swerved to avoid a deer on Route 1 in Chester County.

Abby Miller had her license less than nine months, and investigators attributed the crash to "inexperienced driving." Statistics show that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, who often lack the experience to avoid deadly errors.

The Millers have been raising funds to donate driving simulators to area high schools - high-tech, $15,000 machines that offer teens a safe environment to get lifelike driving experience, such as avoiding a hazard or navigating slick roads. To date, three machines have been donated to Unionville High and three to Garnet Valley High School.

On June 4, the foundation is sponsoring its annual softball tournament followed by a dinner and a live auction at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square.

On June 6, the foundation's annual AMF Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Bidermann Golf Course. Proceeds from both events will fund efforts to improve driver's education in high schools, such as purchasing simulators.

For more information, contact Brian Miller at 610-444-9115 or