Jacy Good had the world in the palm of her hand when she graduated from Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Penn., on May 18, 2008. She graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors and was about to start her dream job at Habitat for Humanity.
A distracted driver destroyed what was supposed to be one of the best days of her life.
While talking on his cell phone, a young man ran a red light, causing an accident that also involved a tractor trailer and Good’s car. Good’s mother and father —Jean and Jay Good—were pronounced dead when paramedics arrived. Good, now a 24-year-old White Plains resident, was given a 10 percent chance of survival. Thankfully, her brother, Jared Good, wasn’t involved since he had taken a separate car.
Good was released from the hospital four months after the accident, which left her with permanent injuries. She recovered and has dedicated her life to trying to prevent what happened to her from happening to others.
She has advocated for legislation that would prohibit distracted driving, appeared on “Oprah” to promote Oprah’s No Phone Zone pledge, and is a board member of Focus Driven, an advocacy group for distracted driving victims.
Click on our video to hear Good tell her story and urge you to not use your cell phone while driving.
For more information on distracted driving facts visit www.focusdriven.org
Pledge to never use your cell phone while driving here.