Father, Community Rallies For Change After Two Sons Killed In Crash

11:27 PM, Jun 5, 2010   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- "Turn your phone off!  Turn your phone off," cried family and friends who lost two children in a crash believed caused by cell phone use. 

It was the Mother's Day crash on I-40 in Greensboro that killed 15-year-old Daryl "D.B." Baucum and 11-year-old Isaiah Reynolds.  The crash involved a tractor trailer and five other vehicles.  Police say the tractor trailer driver, Jayne Perkins, was on the phone at the time of the crash.  She's been charged with two counts misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Daryl Reynolds, the father of the victims, along with other family and friends marched in Winston-Salem to raise awareness about the dangers of being on the phone while driving, but this awareness march wasn't just a one time event.  The family plans to march the first Saturday of every month until they reach their goal: a change in the law.  "Help us change common sense laws and strengthen already existing laws.  And also make cell phone use while driving causing an accident or a death an aggravated factor," says Reynolds.
 
Reynolds has also started a petition.  He plans to address the legislature about his proposed changes in their session next January.

If you want to keep up with their progress, join their facebook group "DB and Isaiah 4 Change".

Last month WFMY News 2 and Crumley Roberts teamed up to encourage drivers to put away their phones in the car. It's an ongoing effort called "The Great Hang Up" and it's a pledge anyone can take. Just click on the link to pledge to do your best to stop texting, emailing and talking on the phone while behind the wheel.

 

WFMY News 2

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