YNN is working State Police to bring you a new segment to help drive home lessons in safe driving. This month, she spoke to the victim of a car accident, who said distracted driving took her family from her and left her with a brain injury.
"I had just graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania,” recalled Jacy Good. “We were coming home from the ceremony. In a month, I was going to start my new job with Habitat for Humanity. I got to spend four months in the hospital instead."
It was May 18, 2008 when Jacy Good, 21, was involved in a three-car collision caused by a driver talking on his cell phone. Her life was sent down a different road in the blink of an eye.
"I miss my parents every day,” said Good.
Good’s parents Jean and Jay were killed in the crash. As for her, she said, "I can't move my wrist, I can't move my fingers, I can't move my ankle, I can't move my toes because I don't have brain cells that know how to do that."
Good continued, "Everyone knows it's dangerous and that they shouldn't be doing it, but those people also think, ‘well I'm a good driver. Other people shouldn't do it, but I can handle it,’ and unfortunately that's how these accidents happen. Everyone thinks they can get away with it."
She said she hopes to change people's perception, so that no one has to end up like her.
"You don't want to be in my shoes, you don't want to lose your parents, you don't want to make someone else lose their parents, you don't want to be a kid and kill yourself and make your parents go on without you,” she said.