Woman’s speech on distracted driving brings high school students to tears

OXFORD – “I felt so bad. I felt like crying. I did cry. I felt like I did it to her,” said a young male student as he left the assembly in the Oxford High School following Jacy Good’s presentation.

Jacy Good graduated college at 10 a.m. on May 18, 2008 and had her life planned. She was going to work for Habitat for Humanity and move to New York and live with her boyfriend. She was 21 years old.

Driving home took approximately an hour and a half, according to Good. She rode with her mother and father, and once they reached the halfway mark to home, they stopped at a gas station.

“Stopping at that gas station is the last memory I had for the next two months,” said Good at the presentation in Oxford on Thursday.

Good’s husband, Steve Johnson, said he had received a phone call that day from Good’s phone. “But it wasn’t her,” he said. Johnson explained to the students and others in attendance that the woman on the other line was from a hospital, and she told him there had been an accident.

Johnson explained that he was told to await a phone call in two hours, but more than three hours passed and he hadn’t received a call.

“The only girl I ever even kissed, and she was gone,” Johnson said he thought. He then received a phone call from Good’s brother, notifying him that she was alive; but neither of Good’s parents survived.

“I loved them so much,” said Johnson. “Someday they would have been the greatest grandparents.”

The Goods’ vehicle was struck head-on by a tractor trailer as both entered an intersection with green lights. The truck swerved to try to avoid a man coming from the intersecting road who attempted to turn left through a red light.

That man was talking on his phone at the time.

Good was given a ten percent chance of survival as she lay comatose and nearly unrecognizable in intensive care that first night. “Her beautiful hair was gone, blood was caked on her head, and her head was swollen twice its normal size,” said Johnson. “If you didn’t tell me that was Jacy Good [as he pointed to a photo from the hospital], I wouldn’t have known.”

Johnson said he spent 12 hours a day by her side through four months of hospitalization.

“It sunk in that life was forever going to be changed,” said Johnson.

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