On the Beat in Bluffton

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

N-B Flashback: Gerber will tell his story on the ‘Today’ show Wednesday

Bluffton resident Chandler Gerber will appear live on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday to warn an estimated 6 million people about the dangers of driving while distracted.

“Today” is broadcasting the interview at 9:14 a.m. on Channel 33 in Wells County as part of a series of segments for National Distracted Driving Month.

Gerber was texting Tuesday, April 17, 2012, when a van he was driving hit a horse-drawn buggy in Adams County, killing three.

After the incident, Gerber appeared in a nationwide documentary AT&T created as part of its nationwide “It Can Wait” campaign to prevent distracted driving, and when “Today” producers contacted Jennifer Smith, who coordinates speakers for the campaign, and asked to interview a male, she recommended Gerber. 

Learn more in the Tuesday, April 22, News-Banner, and watch the August 2013 documentary below.

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