A clean water legacy for a teenage crash victim

Garrett was 15 years old when he was killed by a distracted semi-truck driver at 60 mph on a Washington State highway.

Before he died, Garrett wrote that “a legacy is something you leave behind.”

Garrett knew that his own legacy was still unknown, but wrote that he “planned to change the whole world.”  He was interested in the problems of clean water and sanitation throughout the world. He wanted to help people.

He never got the chance.

For more than 30 years, I have represented families that have suffered great losses because of trucking and automobile crashes. I can help them pursue justice, and hold people accountable through the legal system.

And sometimes, I can help create a legacy for a crash victim who didn’t have the chance to create his own.

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Coluccio Law has always been a proud supporter of Water1st International, a non-profit organization committed to helping people obtain the basic needs of water and sanitation.

In Garrett’s honor, a water site in Chattogram, Bangladesh has been dedicated in his name. 

Water1st built and will maintain the water site. One of my own teenage sons was there to witness the Garrett Underland well dedication.

We will remember Garrett’s too-brief life, along with his parents, grandparents, uncles, and friends.

His legacy will live on.

– Attorney Kevin Coluccio 


On a warm, sunny Labor Day, Garrett and family friends Jeremy and Kerri headed to the campground on U.S. 12., outside of Randle, Washington.

Garrett sat in the front passenger seat, chatting about school, football and cars. Just as the car was about to turn into the campground, a semi-truck driver struck the car at full speed.

In honor of the short life of Garrett Underland, #77

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