Great Hang Up: Mother encourages safety after daughter's death

10:15 AM, Nov 7, 2011   |    comments
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Washington, DC -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a new video in their ongoing series "Faces of Distracted Driving."  It features the story of Erica Forney, a nine-year-old from Fort Collins, Colorado.

On November 25, 2008, Erica was riding her bicycle just a few yards from her home.  A neighbor, driving an SUV at 25 miles per hour, looked down at her phone after finishing a call.  She didn't see Erica in her path.

The driver struck Erica--throwning her 15 feet.  She landed on her neck.  Erica died two days later on Thanksgiving Day.

"Distracted driving just isn't worth it," said Erica's mother Shelly Forney.  "It wasn't worth my daughter's life.  If you choose to text or take a phone call behind the wheel, you're playing Russian roulette with your life and other people's lives on the road."

You can watch Erica's story by clicking on the video player below.


from Department of Transportation press release

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