Kyle William Kiihnl was just 17 years old when he lost his life to a drowsy driver. Kyle was taking a walk around the block with a friend when the sleeping driver drifted onto the sidewalk where they walked, ending Kyle’s short life.
Kyle was an ‘all around guy.’ He wrestled on Houston High School’s Varsity team, played the guitar, enjoyed working on his computer, and restored an old Pontiac Firebird in his spare time. With his grades, Kyle could have been anything he wanted to be.
But Kyle will never get that chance; he never got the chance to do something amazing because that was taken from him. Kyle dreamed of being an architect, and with his stellar grades and natural talent he easily could have achieved this dream.
As you can imagine, the loss of Kyle's life was devastating to his friends and family. Losing a loved one is always difficult, but losing a precious child in such a tragic way is heart-breaking.
Kyle’s family established the Kyle W. Kiihnl Memorial Foundation and began educating teens about the importance of sleep and the dangers of drowsy driving. His family is committed to ending the deadly practice of driving while sleep impaired.
Driving a 2,000-10,000 pound weapon of steel and glass while fatigued can end very badly.
The foundation firmly believes that every drowsy driving crash is entirely preventable. By educating and informing drivers of the effects of drowsy driving we can fully prevent these crashes in the futu
The Kyle W. Kiihnl Foundation's mission is to save lives by educating young drivers on the dangers of driving sleep impaired as well as their need for 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
There are 1.2 million drowsy driving crashes each year in the U.S. and 83 million fatigued drivers are on the road every day. —NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
We believe this is totally unacceptable and entirely preventable. All it takes is a little education and a lot more sleep.
In 2015 the Kyle Kiihnl Memorial Foundation began offering a college scholarship to any graduating high school senior in TN. The scholarship has been given to some amazing students who have become advocates for awareness of drowsy driving.
In 2020 Rithika Tummala was the scholarship recipient. You can read her amazing story here.
We love to speak!
We love going to schools and speaking at an age-appropriate level.
Our belief is that if kids know how important sleep is from an early age, they won’t be sleepy and getting behind the wheel when they are older.