it really is a matter
of life or death.

More than 1,000 people die each year on Illinois roads, and nearly 100% of these crashes are preventable. We’re all responsible. We’re all at risk. Please, drive responsibly. It really is a matter of life or death.

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Gavyn Ford Sr.

1983 - 2011

Gavyn was competitive. Whether it was on the court, on the job or as a family man, he was a hard worker. At the age of 27, Gavyn was killed when he was ejected from a vehicle during a crash in Knox County, Illinois. Wearing a seatbelt would have saved his life.

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Abby Liefer

1995 - 2015

Abby worked passionately for the Randolph County YMCA and loved her family. Abby and another passenger were killed by an impaired driver in Monroe County, Illinois. Abby was only 19.

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Kurt Krueger

1957 - 2019

Kurt was a 62 year old carpenter who was born and raised in the Chicago area. Evidence of his carpentry skills is all around Chicago's south side in residences, businesses, and even a fire station. Since he was a kid, he was passionate about fishing, taking fishing trips twice a year with friends. However, most of all, Kurt was a devoted father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family.

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Frank Caputo

1958 - 2018

Frank was a 59-year old road construction worker. He was also a father who enjoyed life, especially karaoke and his beloved hometown Cubs. Frank was killed in a vehicle crash while working in a highway work zone in Cook County.

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pedestrian safety

William "Corey" Gowin

1982 - 2012

Corey was a 29 year old with cerebral palsy. Although in a wheelchair, Corey had a positive attitude and liked to tell jokes. He made an impact on many of his fellow SIU students by overcoming his challenges with a smile. Corey was killed while trying to cross an intersection in his wheelchair on April 26, 2012.

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Caitlin Conner

2006 - 2017

Caitlin was an active 10 year old girl from Champaign County. She loved cheerleading, fishing, riding her bike, playing piano and spending time with her family. On June 8, 2017, Caitlin was killed by a distracted driver in a traffic crash.

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As of Sep 1, 2020

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