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February 7, 2013

Students hear distracted driving dangers

A White Plains woman brought the dangers of driving while distracted to an assembly of Franklin high school students on Wednesday. The appearance of 26-year-old Jacy Good was sponsored by the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter.

In May 2008, Good was driving home from her college graduation in Allentown, with her parents. She was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pa.

About halfway home, an 18-year-old, distracted by his cellphone conversation, said she ran a red light, causing a multivehicle accident that killed both her parents and left her with many broken bones and organ injuries. She was in a coma for two weeks. She remains largely paralyzed on the left side of her body.

“I’m here to bring you into my world,” she said. “I’m not going to tell you what to do, but I want to tell you my story.”

She said she can’t remember it all, but with the help of her fiance, Steve Johnson, who appeared in a taped segment, she gave a presentation entitled “Hang Up and Drive: Jacy and Steve’s Journey.”

“My parents didn’t need to die. I didn’t need to be handicapped the rest of my live,” she said. “We have to be the ones who will change the culture. When you sit down in the driver’s seat don’t use your phone.”

Four months after the accident she moved back to her parent’s home months and began her efforts to give the tragedy meaning. This involved learning about the problem of driving while distracted and how she could save other lives, and joining FocusDriven — Advocates for Cell-Free Driving.

As part of her advocacy she met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and in April 2010 appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to help raise awareness.

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