My daughter Kimberly Alice McKenzie, Kim, was an energetic, fun and happy new mother of Angie, her 9-month-old daughter. Kim was so proud to be a mom and loved Angie with every part of her being. Kim worked at Busch Gardens and R-Club. While working at R-Club Kim worked with deaf children and went to school to learn how to communicate with her students. Kim loved kids and especially her daughter Angie, sister Amber and new brother Tyler (Her Little Man). Kim was always coming to the house to visit, and before she would leave she would make me check Angie’s child seat to be sure it was installed correctly and secure (I was a child safety seat installer).
On July 6th 2006 Kim met a friend at the Citrus Mall and on her way home, with Angie in the child seat, in the back. For an unknown reason, Kim lost control of her vehicle on the Veterans Expressway in Tampa. Kim’s vehicle rolled several times. Kim was pronounced deceased at the crash site, but Angie was found secure in her car seat and had no injuries at all.
With the help of Bruce Murakami, Melissa Wandall, and FDOT a roadside marker with Kim’s picture was erected at her crash site.
We love Kim more every day and miss and think of her all the time. People need to be careful in traffic and treasure every day because you never know when you will be called to heaven.