Meridian mom urges students to stay safe this graduation season

Posted at 10:31 PM, May 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 10:49:48-04

A Meridian mom is urging students to stay safe and make smart choices this graduation season after she lost her son just hours after he graduated from high school last May.

"I think every parent doesn't think that this could happen to them and I think that kids especially think they're invincible," said Andrea Tully mother of Clay Tully.

After graduating from Meridian High School Clay Tully had plans to study diesel engineering. The 17-year-old loved the outdoor and working with his hands. But just hours after receiving his high school diploma, Clay was dead.

"That Sunday we were supposed to be celebrating his graduation at a party at mom and dads," recalled Andrea.

Clay was killed last May after leaving a graduation party near Swan Falls Dam when the truck he was driving rolled over. Two other teens were injured in the crash. The Ada County Sheriff's Office says his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.  With graduation ceremonies happening across the valley in the coming days including Clay's alma mater, Andrea is urging students to make the right choices and celebrate safely.

"I know that they're are seniors who knew Clay and I just want all those boys and girls to just be careful. Go have your fun time but don't drive anywhere regardless if you're are doing what you're supposed to be doing or not," said Andrea.

She hopes that by sharing her story and asking students to make smart choices another tragedy will be avoided.