In 2016, 145 children (under age 14) were killed in large truck crashes

James William Mooney

Date of Death: September 20, 1983

Location: North Carolina

On September 20, 1983, James Mooney, was killed on a dark, rural road in North Carolina when he crashed into a truck blocking the roadway. The truck, which was in a jackknife position, did not have working lights, reflective tape or underride guards. Just one of these safety measures may have prevented James’s death.  In 1983, neither reflective tape nor underride guards were required on tractor trailers. This lack of safety regulations and the dismissal of the death by motor vehicle charge against the truck driver started Jennifer on a path of truck safety advocacy.  Jennifer worked tirelessly to advocate for reflective tape and underride guards.  It took 10 years but reflective tape was finally federally mandated on tractor trailers.