Tragic fatal accident drives push for more
THE accident that took 21-year-old Jason Rich's life in 2009 involved no alcohol, drugs or fatigue, but it was preventable.
A Fun Run is organised for next weekend to raise funds for the Jason Rich Foundation and help prevent accidents resulting from inexperience.
Jason's inexperience came into play when the car he was driving to work in wet weather, aquaplaned on surface water.
The car left the road, ran into a tree and killed Jason, leaving the lives of those who loved him in tatters.
Through the Jason Rich Foundation, established in 2011 by his mother, Tracey, and best mate, Jacob McLuskie, 200 Year 12 students from Rockhampton and Yeppoon have completed defensive driving courses.
A further 500 teenagers will complete the course this year.
"Everyone knows someone who's been involved in a car accident, or lost someone … and they're all avoidable," said Jacob.
"Teaching Grade 12s helps them and everyone else on the road.
"Defensive driving could have potentially saved Jason's life."
The next defensive driving course for teenagers is at the Gracemere Saleyards on March 16-17, where participants learn to brake, stop the car as soon as possible and avoid accidents.
"Often people will swerve out of the way into oncoming traffic, which can be worse.
"Our ultimate goal is to put 1,000,000 million Australian kids through by 2070," said Jacob.
The Fun Run is on next Saturday at Yeppoon's Main Beach, sponsored by The Rock.
Organisers hope for 1000 entrants in the 2km, 5km and 10 km events.
The Rock staff member Stacey Hubner also committed to this year's Pinefest Ambassador Quest and nominated the Jason Rich Foundation as her chosen charity.
FUN RUN DETAILS
Saturday, February 23
4pm registration for 5pm start
Register online at the Jason Rich Foundation Facebook page or on the day for 2km 5km 10km
Yeppoon Main Beach