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February 7, 2013

Victim speaks to CCS students about distracted driving

Accident victim speaks to make sense of parents' death

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“He was one of you,” she told the CCS middle and high school students. “He was 18 years old. He was a good kid. He didn’t know that he was doing something stupid, something that I personally think is wrong.

“We all have coping mechanisms,” she continued. “Someday he will accept responsibility for what he did and for what pain he has caused in this world.”

Good said that speaking out against distracted driving has become her mission. She started by speaking in Harrisburg, Pa., in favor of a potential Pennsylvania law against cellphone use while driving.

“I thought, if I could tell this story, maybe it would help change the law,” she said. “Or maybe it would cause someone else to not drive while talking on the phone. Maybe it would give some meaning to my mom and dad dying.”

The law has still not passed in Pennsylvania, but her testimony has gained her attention and given her cause publicity.

In 2010, Good went on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Last year, she appeared on “Say Yes to the Dress” to select a dress for her October 2013 wedding, an admission that drew gasps from many Cooperstown students.

“I have a daughter getting married, so I have seen that episode,” CCS Principal Michael Cring said, “and I can tell you, it is a great episode.”

Good also spoke at Oneonta and Unatego High Schools on Tuesday, as part of a grant-funded program set up by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin, Jr. said he hopes to have Good back in the spring to speak to several more schools, if the funding becomes available.

“It is definitely an important issue,” he said, “and this is the group that you have to give the message to.”

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