On October 10th, 2015 Keri was hit head-on and tragically killed by a multiple DUI offender while driving home. She was only 20 years old.
Keri Anne had a passion for making others happy; whether it was through her artwork, volunteering her time, or simply making people laugh, Keri had a mission to change the world with her infectious smile and selfless personality. Keri was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority while attending the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where she spent much of her time volunteering and inspiring her peers to make the world a better place. She continued to study Sociology after transferring to the University of Central Florida her sophomore year. Keri hoped to become a social worker to help children and families in need. She was an avid beach-goer, a talented artist, a loyal friend, and she is loved by many.
On April 22nd, 2016, the man responsible for taking Keri Anne's life was sentenced to the mandatory 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections, and his driver's license was revoked for life.
The Keri Anne DeMott Foundation was started by the DeMott family to honor Keri's memory and to share her story, with the goal to one day end drunk, impaired, and distracted driving. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the foundation will continue Keri's passion of helping others by giving back to local community groups and national organizations that inspire, motivate, and help others.
Keri's father and foundation founder, Bill, travels nationwide speaking to law enforcement agencies, grade schools, colleges, corporations, and other community organizations sharing Keri's story in order to make everyone more aware of how the decisions they make every day can have a significant impact on the lives of those around them. Bill's touching message and powerful delivery are the cornerstone of the #NoMoreEmptySeats Campaign; it inspires individuals to make the right decisions and change the world in the process.
By partnering with organizations like the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the UCF Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Office, and other local law enforcement agencies state and nationwide, we hope to educate younger generations about the dangers of impaired driving and become a voice for thousands of victims and families that have faced the same tragedy.
Below is a video documenting Keri's story and the DeMott's journey to make sure that Keri Anne and the thousands of other victims of drunk, impaired, and distracted driving are remembered. Our goal is make sure that these innocent victims are given a voice, and not considered as just a statistic of a 100% preventable tragedy.