Jacob's life was tragically cut short in the Metrolink train accident in Chatsworth, California on September 12, 2008. Twenty-five people were killed and 135 were injured in the accident when the Metrolink train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train. The investigation revealed the Metrolink engineer ignored a red light signal, as a result of texting on his cell phone. One of our goals as a foundation is to educate people, both youth and young adults, on the dangers of using a cell phone or texting while driving. The mission of the Jacob Hefter Foundation is to assist young adults, who have displayed characteristics of leadership, integrity and ambition and who maintain a clear focus toward their goals, in their pursuit of higher education. The Jacob Hefter Foundation also exists to support the community and raise awareness of positive choices and promote healthy lifestyles for young adults. The Jacob Hefter Foundation is a Nonprofit Public Benefits Corporation in the State of California and has recently received the 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Status as a public charity or private foundation. Please consult your tax professional to determine if your donation is tax deductible.