• Riding for Merritt & TextLess Live More

    By TextLess Live More | Posted Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Joe Levitan Joins Team Merritt's Way

Rides for Sister Killed by a Distracted Driver

On Saturday, September 23, 43 members of  “Team Merritt’s Way” will gather to ride 25, 50 or 100 miles as part of the Rodman Ride, an annual Boston-based cycling event in which Merritt’s Way has participated in since 2013.

Joe Levitan (right), now age 18 and Merritt’s younger brother, will ride with his dad, Team Captain Rich Levitan (left) and 42 members of “Team Merritt’s Way” for the 1st time since losing his sister Merritt to a distracted driver on July 3, 2013.

Four years ago on July 3, 2013, Joe lost his eldest sister Merritt to a distracted driver who was texting behind-the-wheel. His effervescent, brilliant, caring 18-year old older sister, with a bright future ahead of her, lost her life in just four seconds of texting.

Joe rides for Merritt’s Way and TextLess Live More, a student-led national awareness campaign to educate young people about the dangers of distracted driving and save lives, founded in Merritt’s memory. TextLess Live More continues to grow and build momentum across communities, schools, groups and organizations.