Like most people, Jacy Good’s college graduation day in May 2008 was to be one of the greatest days of her life. But her dreams were shattered just hours after she received her diploma, when a young man caused an accident that took the lives of both Good’s parents and left her with a 10% chance of survival. No one expected Jacy to live past the first 36 hours.
Jacy was a fighter. Over the next several months, she began making improvements. But life would never be the same. She had to re-learn how to walk, talk, and feed herself. Today, she is unable to move her left wrist or fingers, and she’ll have to wear a brace on her left ankle for the rest of her life
Everyday tasks leave her exhausted, “I played softball for ten years. I loved to swim in the ocean. I ran cross-country. And I’ll never be able to do those things again.”
The most painful loss was of her parents. It was a full two months after the accident before Jacy recovered enough to even understand that they were gone. And today, even her happiest moments are bittersweet, “I got engaged to my boyfriend of the last six years, which is wonderful, but who’s going to walk me down the aisle?”
Since the crash, Jacy has devoted her life to raising awareness about the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel. She wears a sign on her back each day explaining how her injuries were caused by distracted driving and urges everyone she meets to hang up and drive.
In 2010, Jacy joined the board of FocusDriven to help continue spreading her message across the country.
“Distracted driving has caused so much physical and emotional pain in my life, and I never want anyone to go through what I’ve been through. Deaths and injuries from cell phone use behind the wheel are senseless and one hundred percent preventable.”
Jacy has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference. She has been a guest at the United Nations and has spoken at conferences nationwide. Her story has been featured on screen and in print dozens of times nationwide, most recently in the April 11, 2011 issue of People Magazine.
Jacy along with her now-husband, Steve Johnson, have been speaking to audiences nationwide, sharing their different perspectives on this senseless tragedy that has had far-reaching impact, affecting the lives of many people. In addition to Jacy telling her story, Steve shares his — of being the first person to receive the news of the woman he was very much in love with, and what it was like to be by her side throughout her entire rehabilitation process.
The pain felt by Jacy and Steve is palpable and permanent. Their powerful talk “HANG UP AND DRIVE!” was created to facilitate face-to-face discussion about the reality of the irreparable damage caused by distracted driving. It is designed for groups of people of all ages, and shows us all, that as individuals, we wield the power to eliminate distracted driving and ultimately to save lives.
“They were very powerful and awesome. It was an exceptionally powerful message.” — John Rank, Student Life Assistant – Fox Valley Technical College
“Jacy and Steve were fantastic yesterday! We ended up having a great turnout, so glad!! Their story and how it’s presented together was great…and they were so sweet to talk to before and after!” — Laura Dreier, Student Life Coordinator – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
“Jacy and Steve were fantastic! We are so thankful they came to LaGrange College! Their testimony is so powerful and it captivated our students. They are so inspiring and their story is one that everyone in our world should hear!” — Katie Mosley, Director of Student Involvement and Service – LaGrange College