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Father of a teen killed by a distracted driver will bring his message to Gainesville


A 3,000 mile bike ride across the country will be nearing its end with one of its final stops in Gainesville. Dr. Robert Okerblum is pedaling the distance to raise awareness of distracted driving. Okerblum’s 19-year old son was killed in a car accident last year in a collision with a driver who was texting. Okerblum says passengers can not be afraid to speak up if the person driving is distracted.

“the message I’d like to send to people is, dont wait until it affects you like it affected me. Having your child killed by a distracted driver, a totally preventable accident, is a nightmare that every parent fears.”

Okerblum will be in Gainesville on April 26.

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