Good Samaritan Hospital and the Aram Chowdhury Foundation Hold a Parent/Teen Free Safety Driving Program
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in partnership with the Aram Chowdhury Foundation recently launched a Parent/Teen Safety Driving Program at Islip Town Hall. The program was developed in response to the staggering statistics for teen car accidents in Suffolk County. The Aram Chowdhury Foundation was established after Dr. and Mrs. Chowdhury lost their 18-year-old son Aram, in a car accident 14 years ago involving inexperienced teenage drivers.
“No parent should have to experience the loss of a child, especially when it could have been avoided,” said Ellen Chowdhury.
Last year, more than 5,000 teenagers died in motor vehicle crashes, the leading killer of American youths aged 16 to 19, accounting for more than 40 percent of fatalities in that age bracket. To reduce this number, Good Samaritan and the Aram Chowdhury Foundation developed a non-profit, driver education program aimed at educating both parents and teens on safe driving skills. The program included parents of teen car accident victims, a head trauma car accident victim, director of Good Samaritan’s trauma center and State Farm Insurance representative. Participants heard firsthand how families and victims are affected by these accidents.
“My life was on a fast track to disaster until my accident put my life into perspective. It has been a long road to recovery, but my accident saved my life,” said Chris Memoli, head trauma victim who now can only communicate via a special voice recognition keyboard.
Claire Dieumegard, a junior at Bay Shore High School received the first of two, $1,000.00 scholarships for college awarded by the Aram Chowdhury Foundation and Markus Dupont, another junior from Bay Shore, received the second. The event also included a car simulator, which emulated real road driving conditions and facilitated in the training and assessment of the teenage driver.
“If I can save one life, our efforts in memory of my son, Aram, will have been worth it’” said Dr. Chowdhury.
For more information on future programs, call the Office of Public & External Affairs at (631) 376-4104 or see our website, www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Pictured left to right: Faizur R. Chowdhury, MD, Internal Medicine/Endocrinology, affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital; Jacob Pullman, Dr. & Mrs. Chowdhury’s grandson; Aleya Chowdhury, Dr. & Mrs. Chowdhury’s daughter; Ellen Chowdhury, RN, diabetic educator for Good Samaritan Hospital; Claire Dieumegard, winner of first scholarship from the Aram Chowdhury Foundation and Adam Pullman, Dr. & Mrs. Chowdhury’s son-in-law.