Mike Kellenyi is the salt of the earth – a regular dude with a big heart who loves to give hugs. Mike's big heart was broken in 2012. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.
We're reasonably intelligent human beings - right? We understand the consequences of distracted driving. But does that stop us from checking our phones, putting makeup on, leaning over and switching channels on the radio while driving? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011 over 3300 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. And over 387,000 were hurt. Funny thing about statistics. They bounce right out of our heads – until we put a face to it. I’ve got a face. A really sweet one. Here she is - 18 year Nikki Kellenyi from Washington Township High School.
Nikki died at the age of 18 in 2012, a victim of a distracted driving crash as a backseat passenger one month before her high school senior prom. The driver of the car missed two stop signs before her Neon was hit by a truck from the side. Records show the driver sent and received over 1500 texts that day, four in the last minute before the crash. She was unhurt. One passenger was severly injured and Nikki was killed instantly.
Her dad Mike Kellenyi has decided to devote his life to raising awareness about distracted driving through Nikki’s Foundation - People Against Distracted Driving which dedicated to saving lives with education, awareness and support. As part of her Clear Channel internship project student Alexa Monteleone interviewed Mike. Here’s the interview.
If you want more info you can go to Nikkis Foundation
Oh and yesterday – I was driving down Kelly Drive when I got a text. With the image of Nikki’s face in my head – I pulled over before checking it.
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