On Feb.1, 2012, Clifton B. Gibbs and his passenger were driving northbound in the curb lane on Hwy 55 in Memphis, TN. A 24 year-old traveling in the center of three southbound lanes crossed over into the northbound lanes, crashing into Clifton’s car head-on at approximately 75 mph. The impact spun Clifton’s car counterclockwise and it was struck again by a day care bus. The driver who caused the collisions was texting at the time of the crash.
Clifton was kept on life support for 2 days and was pronounced brain dead at 6:00 am on Feb 3, 2012.
Clifton graduated from Central High School in Memphis in 2006 with honors. He then attended Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis where he received his BSBA in Marketing in 2011. While at CBU, he was a dedicated member of the collegiate tennis team – NCAA Division 2 and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
Larissa Redmonds, Clifton’s fiance’ and a law student at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, founded the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (C.L.I.F.) to educate the high school and collegiate population about the dangers of distracted driving. Through its mission, the Clifton B. Gibbs Scholarship Fund has been established to provide scholarships to students who have established academic excellence, community involvement, and a sincere lifelong commitment to refrain from any use of mobile phones while driving.
The Foundation has also raised funds for victims of distracted driving accidents in TN and has shared Clifton’s story through speaking engagements, conferences, and youth events throughout the country.
For more information on the Foundation, visit CLIF2012.org