“I wasn’t texting, I wasn’t using my cell phone, but I still killed someone”, says 17 year old Kate McGuire
in the new PSA video produced by Casey’s father, Joel Feldman, now incorporated into the EndDD distracted driving presentation. This is one of the first distracted driving videos which features both the driver and the victim’s family. Kate, a senior in high school, describes how her selfish act killed a 61 year old man who was about to become a grandfather for the first time. Emily, the daughter of the man who was killed talks about how this senseless and preventable crash has affected her and her family.
Howard Stein, 61 years old, was soon to be a grandfather; his daughter Emily, a 31 year old nurse, also featured in the video, was newly married and 6 months pregnant at the time of her father’s death. “I knew he was going to be such a fantastic grandfather,” says Emily. View the 3 minute video:
Emily copes every day with the knowledge that her daughter will never know her grandfather. Kate is now a college freshman majoring in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and made a mistake that will forever change her life. Both Kate and Emily have turned this tragedy into an effort to save lives by speaking at schools to raise awareness of the deadly dangers of distracted driving.
Since the accident occurred in Massachusetts, the video was premiered at a press conference in Boston at the State House on Feb. 4th. In conjunction with the release of the video, Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick declared Feb. 4th as Distracted Driving Awareness Day. The Massachusetts’s Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) participated and announced their plan to take the EndDD driving presentation to schools throughout Massachusetts.
The EndDD.org distracted driving presentation which included the new PSA video, was kicked off the following day in Mass. at Medford High School outside of Boston.
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View the photos and news coverage related to the premier release of the “Just a Few Seconds” PSA, including TV news clips:
EndDD Campaign Initiated in Mass at State Capital; Gov Issues Proclamation; H.S. Students Hear Presentation; TV News Coverage, EndDD
“Victims Launch End Distracted Driving Campaign” (News video clip and story)
“End Distracted Driving Campaign Kicks Off at MHS”, Medford Public Schools
“Gov. Patrick declares “Distracted Driving Day’ as Mass. lawyers discuss dangers of distracted driving”, Metro (Boston)
“Program to End Distracted Driving Underway”, Fox News Boston
“Abruptly, a life ends, another shatters; A teen works to make amends for a moment of deadly distraction”, by Tim O’Brien, TimesUnion, Albany, NY (Feb. 16, 2013)
“Casey Feldman Foundation Releases New Video”, by Harry Huggins, The Observer (Feb. 13, 2013)
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