Star Tracks: Monday, May 16, 2016 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Fatal Victim of Hoboken Train Crash Identified as 34-Year-Old Married Mother Fabiola Bittar de Kroon
- Read the Cover Story: Brad & Angelina Split After 12 Years: It's Over
- Teresa Giudice Says Husband Joe Has Lost 35 Lbs. in Prison by Doing '1,000 Sit-Ups a Day'
- Ozzy Osbourne's Ex-Mistress Michelle Pugh Files Complaint Against His Daughter Kelly for Allegedly Targeting Her for 'Financial Gain'
- FROM EW: Inside Maren Morris' Country Revolution
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- April 11, 2011
- Vol. 75
- No. 14
A Tragic Crash, A Daughter's Crusade
White Plains, N.Y.
It was supposed to be one of the happiest days of her life. Jacy Good had just graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., in May 2008 and was heading back home with her parents, Jean and Jay, to celebrate. But as the happy family cruised down the highway, an 18-year-old chatting on his cell phone ran a red light, causing a tractor trailer to careen into the Goods' station wagon. Jacy's parents were killed instantly, and Jacy would have died too, if not for an off-duty paramedic who rushed to the scene. "If it weren't for him," she says. "I wouldn't be alive."
After two months in a coma and multiple operations, Good gradually learned how to walk and talk again. As the enormity of her loss sank in, her grief turned to anger. Their deaths were "100 percent preventable," says Good, who e-mailed a state representative, offering to help his campaign to ban cell phone use while driving. (The teen who caused her parents' accident faced no criminal charges.) Since 2009 she and her fiance, Steve Johnson, have spoken to hundreds of high school students and lawmakers, helping two Pennsylvania cities enact bans. "Jacy's story is so tragic," says Allentown councilman Mike Schlossberg. "It's impossible not to be moved." Her next goal: a statewide ban. "If I can get laws passed," says Good, who walks with a limp and can't use her left hand, "then my parents died for a reason."
KNOW A HERO? SEND SUGGESTIONS TO HEROESAMONGUS@PEOPLEMAGCOM
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!