On April 1, 2001, a car accident caused by drowsy driving changed my world forever. That weekend my wife and I drove off to a dog agility trial. Our daughter said goodbye expecting to see us back on Sunday, but only the dogs and I returned. On our way home our van went off the road and hit a tree. Janie, my best friend and partner for 33 years and mother to our two children, died instantly. I had dozed off at the wheel. Life had changed terribly in an instant for our family, friends and colleagues. Janie was to never witness our daughter graduate high school or college nor see our son marry and become the proud father of a beautiful baby girl.
As time passes, in some ways the accident seems far away; in other ways it is hauntingly close. Not a day goes by that I do not think about it. In the years since, I have spoken up about the hazards of driving drowsy and met with people who have been tragically affected by these types of accidents. Every year greater than 100,000 auto crashes are a direct result of fatigued drivers, killing more than 1,500 people and injuring another 71,000. But these accidents can be prevented; it is not hard to do. Learning the causes and following a few simple rules could save lives. If I knew then what I know now, Janie would still be alive; it is that simple.
Live to Run Again, which began informally in 2001, with the help of some of Janie’s extraordinary friends, became a 501(c)(3) public charity in 2004, making donations tax deductible. Please read about us and our activities on this Web site, and learn about the dangers of drowsy driving. We encourage you to join us in our efforts to save lives.
Drive safely and arrive alive.