Tammy Guido’s life was changed forever on October 26, 2019 when her son, Joseph Conner Williams “Gweedo” Guido, was one of three teens killed in a car crash coming home from the Tabb High School Homecoming Dance. Since the incident, in which the unlicensed teen driver her son was riding with was driving at a speed of more than 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, Guido has been working to prevent the same fate for other families.
Guido started a nonprofit foundation in honor of her son, The Conner Gweedo Memorial Foundation, and has helped get two Virginia laws passed related to teen driving. Additionally, she’s created a nationwide website, www.ifyouseesomethingsaysomething.org, that enables teenagers across the country to anonymously report any dangerous behavior, whether it is reckless driving, driving without a license, doing drugs, bullying, or any other risky behavior.
“This gives kids a voice to be able to speak up anonymously,” Guido said. “Kids know things, but are afraid to speak up. A lot of people could have spoken up the night of the crash, but they didn’t. I want to fight, to do something to change things. What happened to him shouldn’t have happened.”
Conner, 16, was a star athlete on Tabb High’s soccer team and was also a part of the track team.
“Being able to give Conner a lasting legacy is important to me,” Guido said. “It doesn’t bring him back, but we are helping others.”
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