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Victim of distracted driver accident tells story to Oak Glen students

Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 05:53 PM EDT
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. - Oak Glen High School students learned Tuesday that bad driving habits, like texting or eating while driving, can come with serious consequences.
Stephani Victor, a victim of a crash caused by a distracted driver when she was 26 years old, met with students to share her story and a message she holds near and dear to her heart.
"I'm a victim of distracted driving," she told them.  "I lost my legs and almost my life as a result of someone driving distracted. I feel that it's very important to educate people on this topic. I never got a chance to meet the driver who hit me."
Victor took that accident and turned it into motivation. She worked to recover and has become a world champion Paralympic skier. Now she also motivates and educates others about how driving distracted, even for a second, she said, is dangerous, and not worth the consequences.
"If I can talk to young people -- any people -- and educate them on the consequences and what seems like normal activity in the car, and prevent this, that's what I committed my life to," Victor said.
Victor teamed up with local lawyer and Oak Glen alum, Eric Chaffin. Together they created the Chaffin Luhana Foundation to encourage students to stop distracted driving.
"We really want to give back to the community," Chaffin said. "It's really important for everyone to be aware of whether you're a teenager of a senior adult, try to have better driving habits and empower others to have them."
After Victor's accident, she became a Paralympic downhill skier, winning five medals in three Paralympic Winter games. On Wednesday she, along with Chaffin, will be moving onto Pittsburgh to continue to spread her positive message.

Victim of distracted driver accident tells story to Oak Glen students

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