February 24, 2016

Honoring AJ -- Please Help Us Raise Money for Family of Towman

A friend of Urgent.ly’s was recently killed in the line of duty and we’re expressing our condolences by encouraging everyone to join us in contributing to a fund to support his family.

A friend of Urgent.ly’s was recently killed in the line of duty and we’re expressing our condolences by encouraging everyone to join us in contributing to a fund to support his family. 

Najdi Hicham, otherwise know as AJ, was on a non-Urgent.ly call doing what he’d done so many times before, hooking up a customer’s car – this time near Tysons Corner, VA. According to police, a large truck struck AJ, a father of three, and killed him.

AJ drove for Urgent.ly partner company Fairfax Towing and Recovery.

In the wake of the tragedy drivers have emphasized that consumers should pay heed to the Move Over Law, which requires people to move over, if it’s safe to do so, or slow down when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks on the side of the road.

Said Josh Sylvia-Najdi, AJ’s son: “If we can do this and save a handful of people’s lives, like fathers, brothers or friends, that’s all I want, just to raise awareness and help save other people from a tragedy.”

Amen to that.

To help raise money for AJ’s family please head to the fundraising site here and join Urgent.ly’s donation of $500.

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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