"My friends love to hear about Anthony.
That’s quite a testament to an
incredible young man."
— John Farrace, Anthony’s D
At the age of seventeen, on a beautiful summer morning of July 6, 2007, Anthony’s life was taken by a reckless teen driver. This was not an accident, but the certain outcome of the drivers’ irresponsibility and disregard for Anthony’s life. According to witnesses, the driver had been weaving in and out of traffic and passing multiple vehicles at high speed, and at times forcing oncoming traffic to the shoulder. The driver eventually lost control after passing a tractor trailer/car carrier and hit a tree on the opposite side of the road. The driver had minor injuries. Anthony, the only passenger, died minutes later....The driver has never apologized for killing Anthony, just like the driver who killed Nikki. Similarly, because of the laws when both were killed, the punishment for irresponsible driving to both drivers was a few hundred dollar fine and they loss their license for a few months. Neither guilty driver has ever apologized for killing our kids nor has their parents.
ANTHONY'S LIFE (click HERE to go to The Anthony J. Farrace Foundation)
PADD® supports Anthony's new mission from heaven 100%. Although I (Mike Kellenyi) never knew Anthony you know he was an amazing person when you visit his foundation, an amazing human being. I hope as you read a glimpse about Anthony here you visit and support Anthony's and his parents efforts to save YOU from ever living their nightmare, which is exactly the same as ours.
Please notice one important way, we both support the GDL (Graduated Drivers License). Graduated driver licensing systems (GDLS) are designed to provide new drivers of motor vehicles with driving experience and skills gradually over time in low-risk environments. The GDL can help save your childs life by teaching them safer driving habits then just an hour test behind the wheel of a driving school.
Both Anthony and Nikki were killed by one of our child's "friends" and our families are victims because of irresponsible "friends". With the GDL all new drivers will learn to drive more responsibly, lessening the chance of one of your kids friends killing your child. Never is it more important to know who your child is hanging out with then during high school. This is when they start riding in cars with "friends." Visit the parents of who your teenager is about to get in a car with. Remember when your child was young and you would go to meet their parents because you were worried about their safety. Don't let your guard down just because their older! Your child is about to get in a 3,000 pound death mobile. Responsible parents act responsible and their children learn from them. It just might save you from burying your child.
A quick glimpse of one of the Antony J. Farrace Memorial Foundations lifesaving events. Please remember to visit and support The Anthony J. Farrace Memorial Foundation HERE
By TONY MARQUIS | The Marlton Telegram
The Marlton Telegram - February 10, 2010 - Connected by tragedy, John and Claudia Farrace are joining efforts with a Medford family to expand a teen driver safety program in the Lenape Regional High School District.
The Farraces donated $30,000 to the district for new driving simulators from the memorial fund of their son Anthony, who was killed in a car accident in 2007.
In the past, the Farraces have donated money from the fund to scholarships for Cherokee High School students, but after they read about driving simulator donations to Shawnee High School from the Fitzpatricks in Medford – who also lost their son, Ryan, in a car accident – the Farraces wanted to help.
“It will affect every child that comes through the district,” said Claudia of the program.
The simulators, made by Virtual Driver interactive, allow students to sit in a virtual car with a seatbelt, wheel, gas, brakes, three monitors and cameras that track the driver’s eye movement. Students are taken through several training programs, which simulate dangerous driving situations and weather conditions.
Because of the Fitzpatricks’ donation, there are three simulators at Shawnee High School. The district expects another to be at Cherokee soon. The simulators cost about $10,600 each.
“We’ve had great excitement with what students are able to achieve from them,” Board of Education member John Heitmann said. “It’s a wonderful thing. It’s great technology, and it’s a very safe way to give students an opportunity that they don’t always get.”
Both memorial funds consist of donations from the community, including businesses, friends and family members. The Farraces had donated more than $10,000 to scholarships before committing to buy the driving simulators.
“That just kind of helps one person, one kid,” John said. “And we thought about it – our community was so great to us.”
Local groups like the Medford-Vincentown Rotary Club and the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company have also provided significant funds to the program.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2008, about 3,500 teens were killed in car accidents.
For Dan Fitzpatrick, donating money to buy simulators was an effort to do anything he could to prevent fatal teen car crashes. “Obviously when you lose someone in a tragic accident, in an automobile accident, you certainly don’t want that to happen to anyone again – it’s very painful,” Fitzpatrick said. “So we tried to come up with ways of providing a safer situation.”
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