Emily Huntington was an 18-year-older senior at the top of her class at Jan Cen Del High School in Indiana. She was the leading scorer for the girls basketball team and had plans of attending Indiana University. She had friends and family who loved her – people who today miss her dearly.
Huntington was killed tragically in a car accident when the young woman was texting and driving and lost control of the car. Her friend, Brooke S. Gilland, a passenger in the car, was wearing her seatbelt and uninjured.
While many of her classmates thought “It won’t happen to me,” Huntington’s death is a sobering reminder that texting while drive can and does end lives. In order to spread the message of the dangers of texting while driving, students at Jac Cen Del have created an anti-texting PSA in her honor. Students are also selling thumb bands that say “Just Drive” to remind teens not to text behind the wheel. All proceeds from the rings will go to the memorial fund created for Huntington.
After such a tragedy it is wonderful to see these students take action into their own hands to prevent future texting while driving accidents while honoring their friend. It certainly is a powerful message that will save lives.
Check out the PSA below.
Photo credit: Photo by mrJasonWeaver used under a Creative Commons license.
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