Stay Informed:
The Story of Jill Sabet and Jonathan Schulte
Photo of the SUV that Jill and Jon were passengers in

Instead Jill and Jonathan were both killed, side by side, in a senseless automobile crash on May 26, 2005. There were no drugs or alcohol involved. They were just passengers in a friend's car, on their way to Jill's junior prom. It should have been one of their happiest nights. They were both at the most vital and beautiful point in their young lives. Jill had just that day been elected ASB president for her upcoming senior year and was to be named "Queen" of the spring dance. Jonathan lost his life to massive head trauma in the number 2 lane of the highway with Jill lying unconscious only five feet away.

The last photo of Jill before the dance

Jill, also suffering head injuries and massive internal trauma breathed shallow breaths; she fought hard, in keeping with her nature and her indomitable spirit, trying to cling to life. But her beautiful, loving heart had been crushed, and she lost her battle before the ambulance could reach the hospital.

The world is a sadder and much emptier place without them.

We are left with an obligation to remember them and all that they embodied during their brief time here on earth. We cannot bring them back. We can only honor their memories by continuing the legacy they left us, by embracing whatever causes they would approve, by continuing their attitude of love and concern for others and by doing whatever we can to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening to other irreplaceable teens and families.

Photo from Jon's memorial service

6,000 US teens die every year in similar senseless, easily preventable automobile crashes. We cannot bring them back. We can only honor their memories by continuing the legacy they left us, by embracing whatever causes they would approve, by continuing their attitude of love and concern for others and by doing whatever we can to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening to other irreplaceable teens and families.

For this reason, and in their memory, we have created the JourneySafe program to educate teens and their families about the unique risks faced by newly licensed drivers and their passengers.

Photo from Jill's memorial service

There is no doubt: If Jill and Jon had known these risks, if the driver who lost control … or if any one of the passengers riding with them had been educated about the unique risks faced by young drivers and their passengers … if their parents had been more aware of the need to monitor situations in which teens travel in groups … this tragedy would not have happened.

Seventeen to nineteen teens are killed in automobile crashes every day in America simply because young drivers and their parents don’t fully comprehend the risks our newly licensed drivers and their passengers face. JourneySafe exists to raise awareness and change attitudes so that teens like Jill and Jon and countless others LIVE long enough to graduate high school, go to college, follow their dreams and fulfill, grow up, grow old and fulfill their incredible potential.

To learn more about Jill's life, please visit gilliansabet.com

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