County's YOLOwalksafe Program Hopes to Curb Teen Pedestrian Accidents
By Kevin O’Rourke
Less than two years ago, Seneca Valley High School was morning the loss of 15-year-old Christina Morris-Ward, after she was struck and killed as she was crossing Germantown Road at Wisteria Road while distracted by her cell phone.
Today, Christina who would have been a senior at Seneca Valley, was remembered at the school as Montgomery County Department of Transportation, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools, launched the #YOLOwalksafe program to raise awareness among teenagers of the risks of distracted walking and other dangerous pedestrian behaviors.
The launch was attended by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Craig Rice and Board of Education Vice President Patricia O’Neil, as well as Christina Morris-Ward’s mother Gwendolyn Ward.
“I said I wasn’t going to get emotional today,” Ward said at the event. “But I am not emotional with sadness, I am emotional with happine