CLARK, NJ – Just over a year ago Michael Sot died after a head-on collision with an alleged drunk driver. Sot was serving as a designated driver for peers from the College of New Jersey at the time of the accident in Ewing.
His legacy now lives on in service to others on a billboard on Route 22W in Union. The sign is part of the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers.
Sot’s family partnered with the Hero Campaign in 2019 to honor him and to encourage others to choose to be designated drivers too. Sot’s mother, Candice Cher Buno-Sot described how she felt about seeing her son on the billboard.
“I am very honored. I truly am. Michael was a great son and very respectful young man. He did what he did because he was always responsible and cared very deeply for those he loved,” she said. “I miss him so much. He lived as good of a life as anyone could in 20 years. My kids and I lost a huge part of who we are but will always honor his legacy by speaking of his choice to be a designated driver.
According to their website, "the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®, seeks to end drunk driving tragedies nationwide by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. (their) goal is simple: to register one million designated drivers and make having a designated driver be as automatic as wearing a seatbelt."