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Woman who loses everything in distracted driving accident shares story with local students

By Hilary Lane

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Every 24 seconds, a distracted driver causes an accident on the road.

That distraction could be talking on a cell phone, texting, or even taking a sip of your coffee while behind the wheel.

One woman is now sharing her story with local students to help send the message that distracted driving is a serious issue.

Jacy Good was critically injured and her mother and father were killed after a young driver talking on a cell phone ran a red light on the way home from her college graduation five years ago.

"The pain that was dealt to me was 100% preventable," said Good. "There is no reason I am standing in my shoes and I don't want anyone to have to stand in my shoes."

Good, who now speaks all over the country, spoke to students at Cooperstown High School Tuesday, urging them to put down their cell phones and focus on the road while driving. Earlier in the day she spoke to students in Unatego and Oneonta.

The message seems to be resonating with local students.

"I thought it was great," said Joseph Harmon, a student at Cooperstown High School. "I hope it impacted everyone as much as me. I probably won't touch my phone anymore because I know how much it can impact other people's lives."

"I was sitting next to my friends who all said this is insane," said Nicole Cring, a student at Cooperstown High School. "I am never going to do this again. Hearing it from someone first hand is defiantly more moving than hearing it from your parents."

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