Hang Up and Drive Assembly
2004 Warwick Graduate, Jacy Good, came back to her Alma mater on March 2, 2012 to share a very important message with high school students during an afternoon “HANG UP AND DRIVE!” assembly program. The assembly was originally slated for tenth-twelfth graders, but because of its important message, a live-feed of the program was aired for ninth graders as well.
Jacy talked candidly to the students about a life-changing event; a car accident that shattered her dreams just hours after she received her college diploma. The accident turned one of the happiest days in her life into the most tragic. On the way home from graduation ceremonies, a young driver talking on a cell phone ran a red light, causing a tractor-trailer to swerve and crash into the Goods’ vehicle. The accident took the lives of both her parents and left Jacy with a ten percent chance of survival. No one expected Jacy to live past the first 36 hours.
"We were just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Jacy told the students. "It could have been any one of the cars on the road that day."
Jacy shared her journey of recovery in her candid and heartfelt talk with students. She explained that while she began making improvements over the next several months, her life will never be the same. She had to re-learn how to walk, talk, and feed herself. And, even today, four year later, she is unable to move her left wrist or fingers, and she'll have to wear a brace on her left ankle for the rest of her life. But, she explained that the most painful loss was of her parents. It was a full two months after the accident before Jacy recovered enough to even understand that they were gone.
Immediately following her discussion, the Warwick High School students
gave Jacy a standing ovation and gathered together to pledge support and
give her hugs.
Since the crash, Jacy has devoted her life to raising awareness about the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel.
In 2010, Jacy joined the board of FocusDriven to help continue spreading her message across the country.
"Distracted driving has caused so much physical and emotional pain in my life, and I never want anyone to go through what I've been through. Deaths and injuries from cell phone use behind the wheel are senseless and one hundred percent preventable."
Jacy has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference. She has been a guest at the United Nations and has spoken at conferences nationwide. Her story has been featured on screen and in print dozens of times nationwide, most recently in the April 11, 2011 issue of People Magazine.
Jacy along with her fiancée, Steve Johnson, have been speaking to audiences nationwide, sharing their different perspectives on this senseless tragedy that has had far-reaching impact, affecting the lives of many people.
The program was brought to the Warwick High School through monies donated by the Lititz Ambucs.