UHV to welcome motivational speaker, car crash survivor

What was left of Tyson Dever’s Corvette in 2005 is shown after it was crushed by a 33-ton cement mixer driven by a distracted driver. UHV will host Dever April 15 as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The University of Houston-Victoria is participating in April’s national Distracted Driving Awareness Month by hosting motivational speaker Tyson Dever talking about how he survived a nearly fatal car crash caused by a distracted driver.

Dever’s presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. April 15 in the UHV University North Walker Auditorium, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The event is free and open to the public.

Chanel Hicks

“Distracted driving is dangerous and avoidable,” UHV health educator Chanel Hicks said. “We want to encourage drivers and passengers to be safe on the road. We expect Dever’s presentation to address this, but also be very encouraging to our audience to overcome hardships of their own.”

The university partnered with the Texas A&M Driving Institute and Department of Transportation to fund Dever’s presentation. Dever participates in U in the Driver Seat, a peer-to-peer program that focuses on traffic safety and addresses all major risks for the college student age group. U in the Driver Seat seeks to help college-age drivers learn to drive responsibly in order to reduce the number of deaths from car crashes.

Tyson Dever

Dever survived a car crash in 2005 that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Despite his circumstances, Dever has dedicated his time to inspiring people to live life to the fullest and overcome obstacles. He has spoken to thousands of students across the country and will continue to share his energetic, moving story with UHV students.

“Change is going to happen whether or not we like it,” Dever stated in a video. “I’m a firm believer that who you are as a person before facing adversity determines how you respond to it.”

The event is intended to offer an experience that will inspire and motivate audience members to understand the importance of driving without distractions.

Watch a preview video of Dever’s presentation.

For more information, contact Hicks at or 361-570-1418.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Strevel 361-570-4342