Destiny Tapley and Chase Benton had a friendship that lasted from elementary school until they entered high school. Tragically, they both died in car accidents before they graduated. Both of the teens eerily died in a similar car accident even though the crashes were two full years apart.
Both of the accidents were single car accidents that occurred during the day, and they both were not wearing seat-belts during when they crashed. Destiny died in 2012, and Chase died in 2014. Destiny and Chase were laid to rest beside each other. One year after Chase passed, his family found a wooden box where he kept a letter from his beloved friend. Chase’s mother stated that the letter comforted her. She also said that the love Chase had for Destiny will live on forever.
Of course, Chase and Destiny’s classmates are still in mourning, but the deaths of the two young people inspired the rest of their peers to live life to the fullest. Logan Hepburn is one of Chase and Destiny’s classmates, he stated that he does not have to stop living life to the fullest just because his classmates are gone.
Classmates described Destiny as being an optimistic, beautiful and smart young girl. They describe Chase as being an adventurous person who loved being in the wilderness, and enjoyed playing music. Chase and Destiny’s classmates have also stated that the tragic accidents have taught them the importance of buckling up while on the road, which is important – that community doesn’t need to lose any more young people to automobile wrecks.