‘He’s A Great Young Man’: Crash Victim Teams Up With Distracted Driver

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman in Larimer County is working alongside the man who crashed into her two years ago.

Linda Maher was badly injured when she was hit by Anthony Gonzales. He was distracted while driving.

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(credit: Linda Maher)

Maher had life-threatening injuries and was given 22 units of blood in the hospital.

She spent months recovering, and in the end asked the judge to meet Gonzales.

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Anthony Gonzales (credit: CBS)

Maher asked the judge to give Gonzales another chance.

“He could be my kid. He’s a great young man that was distracted,” said Maher. “It was just nice to know he was willing to do something like this.”

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Linda Maher hugs Anthony Gonzales. (credit: CBS)

On Tuesday, the two worked together on a blood drive at the Larimer County Courthouse. They also work together at conferences to teach others about the consequences of distracted driving.

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  1. Texting is not just a “teen” problem. There are millions of employees in company cars and fleet vehicles who try to “multi-task” behind the wheel.

    While many states seek to lower distracted driving by increasing penalties, fees and regulations, there is another option. There are anti-texting apps, like AT&T DriveMode which is FREE!

    One area that is rarely discussed is that each state has thousands of government vehicles that inspectors, regulators and the agricultural department use as fleet vehicles, but they do not have the technology to diminish distracted driving. I would love to see one state lead by example and use a program, like FleetMode, to block texts, redirect incoming phone calls, and impede all other apps in the State vehicles. If we want our state roads to be safer, let’s start by making our state vehicles safer.

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