LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN) -- Tyler Presnell's life took a twist one day when he was 14. He was severely injured in a crash by a reckless driver that left him with many physical ailments, including brain trauma that hampers his short-term memory.
But he's turned the pain from his 1999 crash into a mission. Presnell now speaks at events around the country encouraging people to respect the road and each other because everything can change in an instant.
"This, what's happening right now, as beautiful as this moment is, it won't be here in an hour," he said.
When he speaks to students, he hopes to teach them the respect they need while they're on the road. On Friday, he spoke to students at Lakeridge High in Lake Oswego and told them to "respect the journey. You have to know everything about the things around you."
He described himself as an "activist about respect. Just respect, you gotta respect yourself and other people. Driving safe is all about respect."
With prom season now underway, experts said this is a good time to remind young drivers of the dangers of distracted driving.
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