It was 10:30 at night, only weeks before Christmas. It would have been cold on the roads. Dark. The car was travelling North carrying two passengers – Macy Mathis, 16 and Adam Sattler, 18. Boyfriend and girlfriend, both from Tifton in the US state of Georgia.
They were travelling through Tifton when the car struck the side of the road. The driver, Adam, lost control and the Nissan wrapped around a tree.
Adam died at the scene. Macy was airlifted to hospital where she was in a critical condition for five days before she, too, passed away.
Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas for the family and friends of the young couple. Moments of laughter would have been shadowed by suddenly remembering, realising those two who were so cruelly, horribly absent.
But, last week, Macy's mum Cindy fell upon a stack of letters she forgot she had from her late daughter.
The letters were a gift from Macy, to Cindy for her birthday, just a week before the accident. It is understood Macy was not living with her mother at the time.
They were written with instructions, such as "Open me when you miss me" or "Open me when you can't sleep".