Meet Robert Soria

About a week after Robert Soria graduated with Patriot High School’s Class of 2014, he climbed into the back seat of a friend’s Ford pickup truck. He woke up 18 hours later in a hospital.

Soria and four other friends were injured in a crash not far from Soria’s home on June 1. The teen driver, Soria’s best friend of three years, died after she turned momentarily to talk to a backseat passenger, lost control of the truck, crossed a center divider and slammed into a tree.

Now Soria, 18, is on a mission to prevent such a crash from happening again. He is participating as a judge in Avrek Law Office’s DriveSafe Scholarship Program.

Maryam Parman

Personal Injury Attorney



Essay Topic

Please answer the following question in your essay:

“How can we educate our community about the dangers of distracted driving and what are some practical ways we can drastically reduce distracted driving related accidents?

Helpful Ideas

  • Interview someone who was involved in a distracted driving accident
  • Are there any technological solutions to this problem that haven’t been explored.
  • Be creative in your description of the problem and your proposed solution.