Survivor of car crash will warn Holley students about distracted driving

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2013 at 12:00 am

HOLLEY – A crusader about the dangers of driving while talking on a cell phone will address Holley students today. Jacy Good was nearly killed in a car accident while riding home with her parents on her college graduation day in 2008.

Good’s parents were both killed in the accident, caused by an 18-year-old who ran a red light because he was distracted while talking on his cell phone. Good sustained serious injuries in the Pennsylvania crash.

She will speak with Holley students today at 1 p.m. in the middle/high school auditorium.

“Jacy’s story is powerful and moves both students and faculty,” said Robert D’Angelo, Holley school superintendent. “It is especially important for teens to hear Jacy’s message. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and using cell phones increases crash risk. Jacy’s story helps students understand that they will be safer if they disconnect while driving.”

Good has appeared on Oprah and in People Magazine. After the loss of her parents, Good joined FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving.

FocusDriven is a survivor advocate network that supports cell phone distracted driving victims and their families. Individuals and families educate the public by sharing their personal stories.

The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee works with FocusDriven to provide Good’s presentations in schools across the state.

“My college graduation day should have been a time to celebrate,” Good said. “Instead, my entire world was shattered because of an unnecessary cell phone call. People need to understand the dangers of using a cell phone – handheld or hands-free – while driving. Lives are at risk and poor decisions can have life-long consequences.”