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Families of Traffic Victims Offers Support to Grieving Loved Ones

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Member of the program, Beth Hetzel, talks about her son Jonathan. Member of the program, Beth Hetzel, talks about her son Jonathan.

By: Ashley Kuykendall

   The Blythewood group Families of Highway Fatalities offers support to people with family members who have been killed on the highway and educates others on how to be safe drivers.

   Beth Hetzel lost her son, Jonathan Christopher Coleman, in 2009 when his truck struck a tree after he fell asleep. Beth turned to the family program for support.

      "I felt like my world stopped. FHF helped me and showed me that life did go on and that I could keep my son's memory alive," she says.

      Program founder Lisa Radvansky started this support group after her son died.

      "I do have a son that was killed on the highway and that was one of the reasons why we wanted to start this program," she says.

      Faith Turner is the coordinator of the program and works closely with Lisa, travelingaround the state educating others on how to prevent accidents. She says it is very important for the parent to know that their child will not be forgotten.

      "One of the first things I do with family members is ask them about their son or daughter because I think it's a fear they have…that somebody will forget their child," she says.

     Beth Hetzel has found comfort in the program and recommends it to others dealing with an experience similar to hers.

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