CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)— Chesterfield County police are honoring victims of deadly crashes with billboards and social media movies. It’s all a part of a marketing campaign referred to as “In reminiscence of..”
As summer season approaches and extra folks hit the roads, police are encouraging folks to drive secure and to keep away from distractions.
Sergeant Stephan Rouze says the marketing campaign started in March and can run by the month of April. Three new billboards have been put up round Chesterfield County with a reminder to drivers to journey safely in reminiscence of the victims who died due to rushing, texting or drunk driving.
Rouze stated the marketing campaign collection will characteristic Austin Greathouse, Noah Web page, Karen Giles and Carla Smith — all victims of automotive crashes.
This week, the police division shared Giles’ story.
Giles was a volunteer firefighter for the Amelia Rescue Squad and an EMT teacher at John Tyler Group Faculty.
Police stated she died in a crash alongside Genito Street in Chesterfield County.
A dump truck driver was texting whereas driving. After nearly operating off the aspect of the street, the motive force over-corrected his wheel and crashed into Giles’ automotive.
Melissa Cahoon, a Chesterfield resident who was the primary individual to reply to the scene, stated the scene was terrifying when she bought there.
“We ran over to the automotive and it was nothing however shattered glass and we knew,” she stated.
Cahoon felt helpless and says she needs she may’ve executed extra. As a nurse and mom, she went into motion and referred to as 911 whereas checking on Giles’ situation.
“She wasn’t replying,” she stated.
Cahoon stated the dump truck driver didn’t have any seen accidents. “I checked out him and the one phrases he may even fathom to say was ‘oh no.’
The driving force was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Cahoon stated drivers must decelerate and hold their telephone out their arms, particularly on again roads. “He knew that he not solely took her life, however his as effectively,” she stated.
Rouze stated officers will enhance their presence on the roads in the course of the marketing campaign in an effort to implement the mobile phone legislation.