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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BIKER DAD) –“The problem is an epidemic and it must be stopped,” Dan Crittenden, said at a town hall meeting almost two years ago. The man who man who championed “hands-free” law died recently, years after injuries from distracted driving crash

Crittenden traveled the state pushing for the Alabama “hands free” law. He was hit by a distracted driver April 29th, 2015. He was stopped at red light when the woman plowed into him at 55 miles per hour. She admitted to being distracted. “She walked away with no injuries and no consequences,” he said at that 2019 town hall, “never touched the brakes.

Six years later, and two years after that town hall, Crittenden died of his injures. Alabama has passed some distracted driving laws. But the epidemic continues. And so does the fight to pass the Hands-Free Alabama law.

He endured months in the hospital, almost four years on bed rested. Removing his right light was one of many many surgeries he had to suffer. Recently doctors had to remove his other leg. He sadly died in surgery.

“Distracted driver accidents go so much farther than the initial accident, the resulting injuries or deaths. It breaks my heart that people no longer have friends and loved ones they can live and be happy with because someone was looking down at YouTube videos. That’s ridiculous,” Crittenden said back in 2019. It his now his family who’s missing that loved one. “It affects families for years. If hands-free Alabama saved one family from going through this it would be worth it.”

Hands-Free Alabama posted about the loss on their Facebook page saying in part, “our hearts are broken as we learn of the loss of one of our #HandsFreeAlabama champions, our dear Dan Crittenden…The world lost a beautiful and cheerful soul that never should have had to experience the pain and trauma he did just because of a distracted driver. Dan deserved to see this law passed to save others and we promise that we will not stop until it is signed into law. Dan, we will fight for you because you fought for us!!! We love you Denise and we will never forget Dan for he truly was our champion. May his soul rest in peace.

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