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The other morning, just minutes after dropping my son off at camp, I witnessed a young girl get hit by a car. The girl (who I later learned was 17) was doing what she was supposed to do, crossing in the sidewalk when the sign said to cross, and the driver, making a left turn, did not see her or her friend.

Having never witnessed this type of thing before, I am not sure of my exact actions as I only remember my heart beating out of my chest and shaking at what I had just seen. I jumped out of my car, helped get her off the street, called 911 and her mom. I stayed with the young lady until the police, fire, ambulance and her mom arrived. The police asked me a few questions and then I left for work (still quite shaken.)

It is hard to watch a child get hurt right in front of your eyes. I can only imagine what her mom was thinking when I called.


So -- I would like to take a minute to say:

  • Please slow down on the road. Is that extra “minute” really worth it?
  • Please do not text and drive. According to this infographic, in 2011 at least 23 percent of auto collisions involved cell phones (1.3 million crashes.)
  • Please think about how you would feel if you lost a child, family member or friend to something that could easily be prevented.

The mother of the young lady called me to say thank you and let me know that her daughter was going to be okay. All I could think was that I only did what was right, and if it were my son I would hope and pray that another mom (or dad) would do the same thing.

Do you have anything you would like to add that people need to be careful of when driving?

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Rachel Brockway
Rachel Brockway
Senior Account Executive Rachel is a native Arizonian, who enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis, reading and social media. She’s a busy mom and is passing the idea of volunteerism onto her son. Check out Rachel's Full Bio


  1. Kelly Potts says:

    Such a good reminder! Need to look out more since school just started most places!

  2. Rachel — What a great reminder to all.

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