Mourning father warns students about dangers of distracted driving

Zoe Greszler • May 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

A retired bailiff spoke to Western Reserve Middle and High School students at Friday's Student Awareness/Prom Promise assembly. The high school students have their prom today.

"Eleven teens a day are lost to texting or talking and driving," John Gordon said. "This is the number one killer of teens. There are 421,000 people injured every year due to texting or talking and driving. Every 23 seconds a cell phone-related crisis occurs."

On May 18, 2008, Gordon's son, John Travis Gordon, became one of these numbers when a truck went left of center on Ohio 4 and collided head-on with his motorcycle. He died instantly from a broken neck, leaving behind his parents, wife and two young children.

"My wife still suffers," he said. "She has depression so severely she has to see a psychiatrist every month. She has to take medication every day. This is about my 90th program and she's been to maybe 15 or 20 of them because it is so difficult for her.

A story about Gordon's presentation was published Saturday in the Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as this one, you can subscribe to the Norwalk Reflector to receive home delivery and/or the e-paper, which is a complete digital replica of each issue. For more information, call (419) 668-3771 or click HERE.

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