About the Foundation
Sandy Johnson, a mother of two sons and wife to a devoted husband, was killed October 5, 2002, in a car crash at a dangerous intersection near Columbus, Ohio. Sandy’s mother, Jacqueline Ebert-Routch, was also killed in the crash. The Johnson family’s loss was felt by Sandy’s coworkers at Bank One in Columbus, where she worked as an executive assistant, and among her many friends and relatives.
Shortly after Sandy’s death, her husband Dean began to investigate the scene of her accident. He found that the intersection where Sandy and her mother died had caused multiple fatalities and injuries over the years, and had been designated as a dangerous intersection by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). But the improvements called for by ODOT, which may have prevented Sandy’s and her mother’s death, had not been implemented. Dean Johnson’s research found that hundreds of other intersections throughout Ohio were also designated as dangerous, but stood uncorrected while injuries and death tolls mounted.
Dean Johnson’s desire to prevent other families from suffering the same horrible loss moved him to create The Sandy Johnson Foundation which has three primary goals: First, to encourage both federal and state Congressional leaders to create and pass legislation requiring that each State Department of Transportation proactively identify and correct those areas of highways and intersections where high accidents rates exist; second, to provide access to the general public to the list of high accident site locations within each state; and third, to offer motorists a mapping and routing system that will not only provide directional instruction for travelers, but will also pinpoint high accident site locations along the way.
The Sandy Johnson Foundation recognizes that human error plays a major role in nearly all fatal and personal injury accidents. Through an increased awareness of where human error is most likely to occur, The Sandy Johnson Foundation is working to keep you, and those you love, alive. Please drive safely and defensively. And remember, don’t drink and drive.