On April 13, 2013, Chi Cheng, the late bassist and founding member of the Deftones, died after being in a comatose state for 5 years following a car accident in 2008. Unlike his sister, who only suffered minor injuries, Cheng didn’t wear a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.
In memory of Cheng, his friends and family have now launched the “Buckle Up For Chi” campaign to spread awareness of the importance of driving safely and driving with a buckled seat-belt. Below is an excerpt from Buckle Up For Chi’s official website:
Buckle Up For Chi was established in an effort to honor the memory of an amazing man who’s life was tragically changed after he was involved in a car accident in which he was not wearing his seatbelt. This campaign serves as a tribute to not only the legacy he left behind, but to the lives that will be saved because of seat belt awareness.
Created by the late Chi Cheng’s family, friends, and fans, and run 100% by volunteers, BUFC’s mission is simple: to save the world through seat belt safety awareness. Thank you Chi. We celebrate your life and will make you proud!
This is how we plan to change the world.
Chi’s former band mates, friends and family are looking for help to spread the word about seat belt safety and have called on the internet, as well as Chi’s fans to help spread the word. For more information on how to support the campaign, go to http://www.buckleupforchi.com/