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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Posted at 10:43 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 00:43:49-05

Communities around the world, coming together Sunday to celebrate the lives of loved ones who were killed in traffic accidents. Since 1993, many countries around the world observe the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on the third Sunday of November.

Here in Tucson, more than 20 people came together to celebrate the day for the first time.

One of those people -- Steve Brown.

His life changed in 2015, when he was riding his bike home from Cyclovia, the local bike race. On that ride, a car hit him from behind -- and drove away.

"I had broken bones, I had a concussion," he said. "I was wearing a helmet. My helmet was crushed."

Fighting for his life, he developed a new perspective.

"I survived," he said. "I'm one of the lucky ones."

Speaking with people who came to mourn at this event, he offered his support.

"Speak out, and speak up," Brown said. "Be there with people who have been hit on the streets, people who have lost loved ones."

Moving forward, he has a message for drivers -- not just in Tucson, but around the world: don't text and drive, pay attention to the road, and,

"Please," he asked. "Watch out for us, and we will live."

Grateful to be alive and hopeful for the future, Brown plans on continuing his journey to make the roads safer for everyone.