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LPHS students learn about the dangers of distracted driving

Jacy good speaks to students at Lake Placid High School.

Jacy good speaks to students at Lake Placid High School. Gretchen O'Leary

High school students had a surprise visitor last Thursday morning, Oct. 4.

Jacy Good, the face of Distracted Driving came and spoke with students about her experiences. Her visit was sponsored by a grant received by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Jacy always had an activist spirit. She was of the mindset that if she wasn’t part of the solution, she was part of the problem. Jacy took that attitude with her to College. She gained the reputation as someone who would save the world. Jacy graduated Magna Cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies in May of 2008. She planned to start with Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps. She was ready to take on the world.

Here her story changes. She left graduation with her parents, Jay and Jean. As they approached a green light on a relatively busy one-lane highway, an 18 year old man, talking on his cell phone approached the red light at the intersecting road. Unfortunately, he was paying more attention to his cell phone conversation than his driving and failed to notice the red light. As he entered the intersection, a tractor trailer swerved to miss him and hit the Good family’s car full-force. The impact killed Jay and Jean instantly.

When the paramedics arrived, Jacy wasn’t breathing. Luckily, they were able to resuscitate her. At the hospital, Jacy was given about a ten percent chance of surviving the night. She defied the odds and slowly recovered from her numerous injuries. She was released from the hospital four months after the crash. She was horrified to find out that the crash was caused because a driver was on his cell phone. Jacy became a board member of FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell Free Driving, a network of people whose lives have been permanently altered because of cell phone distracted drivers.

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