WHITEHOUSE — Whitehouse native Jacob Smith has been named a Ford Unsung Hero of Highway Safety.

The award honors individuals who distinguish themselves as leaders in traffic safety through passion and dedication to making our roads safer for everyone.

In April 2014, during Smith's junior year in high school; he, classmates and their advisor were returning from a Career Technical Education Contest in Corpus Christi when they were involved in a major accident.

Smith suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken vertebrae and other substantial injuries. He underwent facial reconstruction and was in the intensive care unit for almost two months.

Now, a recent graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Colorado, Smith has started his own consulting firm where he serves as an activist for global road safety.