Linda Doyle was one of those people who devoted herself to helping others. Her generous spirit even extended to rescuing feral cats in her Oklahoma City neighborhood.
On September 3, 2008, Linda was on her way to pick up food for the cats she took care of every day. Proceeding through an intersection where she had a green light, her car was struck by a pickup truck driven by a young man who was talking on his cell phone. Linda was killed instantly.
At the crash scene, there were no skid marks, no evidence that the young man had even attempted to brake. Why not? Because, although he was looking straight ahead, he never saw the red light. And he never saw Linda Doyle.
Today, Linda's daughter, Jennifer Smith, shares her mother's story in our latest "Faces of Distracted Driving" video.
Jennifer dedicated herself to educating others about this deadly epidemic:
"Losing someone and then finding out it was preventable, makes losing them even harder. I would like my mother’s legacy to be that people hear her story and decide their call, email or text message is never as important as someone’s life."
I applaud Jennifer for all of the work she is doing. And I hope everyone who watches and listens as she shares the story of her mother Linda will remember to keep their attention on the road.
If you have a distracted driving experience you'd like to share, post a video on YouTube and email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.