Maria's Message

Maria's Story

She said to her mom, “I love you more,” closed the door and left, that’s the last time we ever heard her sweet voice.

September 17, 2013 is a day I’ll never forget. That’s the day we lost our beautiful daughter, Maria.

It was after 10pm. All she was going to do was drive into Columbus to see her sister at work. I had an uneasy feeling that night and did not want her to go, so I sat in my worry chair…the one in the family room that faces all the pictures of my kids, Dominic, Kelsey and Maria.

I waited. And waited.

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There are three main types of distraction:

  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off driving




Maria's Message: Movement To End Distracted Driving Inspires Teen
A Bexley high school senior shares why he wrote Dom Tiberi after attending a Maria's Message event.

11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Sending or receiving text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.