Pub date: October 22, 2013
Shortlisted, 2014 East Coast Literary Award
It was over in seconds.
In the early hours of January 12, 2008, seven members of the Bathurst High School basketball team and their coach’s wife died instantly when their school van collided with a tractor-trailer. Travelling in dirty weather, minutes from their homes, the impact forever shattered the lives of eight families and their community.
In the weeks that followed the horrific crash, Ana Acevedo and Isabelle Hains were transformed by their unimaginable grief into unlikely agents of courage and change. It was Isabelle and Ana who pushed the provincial government into holding an inquest into the accident. It was Isabelle and Ana who pushed the province to adopt the recommendations of the inquest. And it was Isabelle and Ana who made it safer for children to travel to extra-curricular activities — in New Brunswick and throughout Canada.
A gripping story told in heartbreaking detail, Driven reveals the truth behind one of this country’s worst school tragedies and the long journey of the two women who fought for justice in the name of their sons.