continued Texting while driving increases chances of a crash by up to 23 times, Focus Driven notes. Drivers who type or read text messages contribute to at least 100,000 crashes each year, leading to thousands of preventable deaths.
Good, who is a board member at FocusDriven, will tell her story to Schroon Lake students.
“My parents, Jay and Jean, were driving me home on May 18, 2008, the day I graduated with magna cum laude honors from Muhlenberg College (Pennsylvania),” Good said. “We’d made this short trip countless times. At 3:30 in the afternoon an 18-year old young man approached a red light on a road intersecting ours. This young man was talking on his cell phone and momentarily stopped at the red light before turning left onto our road. As he did so the driver of a tractor trailer swerved to miss him and slammed full force into my parents’ car.
“A paramedic, who lived near by, arrived to find my mother had no heartbeat, my father had a faint heartbeat, and I wasn’t breathing,” she said. “He shifted my head and I took a gasp for air. It was at least three months later after being told many times when it finally sunk in that the accident that had left me in so much pain and in the hospital had also taken the lives of both my wonderful parents.
“After surviving the unthinkable, I found out the crash that crash that killed my parents, and left me severely injured, was caused because of someone talking on his cell phone,” Good said. “I was outraged and got involved with the Pennsylvania congress almost as soon as I was out of the hospital. I’m still too impaired by my remaining handicaps to work, so all of my time is spent in occupational and physical therapy, and telling my horrific story whenever the opportunity arises.”