Family of doctor killed by car creates foundation in his memory

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PHOENIX – The family of a Valley doctor who was hit and killed by a car while out for a jog is talking for the first time.

Family members say Joe Gibson became a doctor because he wanted to give back. Now his family and friends are making sure that, even in death, his legacy is doing just that.

Jennifer Gibson, Joe’s widow, tells 3TV, “He always looked for the best in life, the best in people. We just miss Joe. He was a superb individual."

Gibson, who died at 38 years old, was a Phoenix emergency room doctor who was doing what he loved last December: jogging with his wife in north Scottsdale.

Investigators say the driver of a Lexus ran over him in the bike lane and killed him.

Ed was Joe's father. When 3TV’s Marissa Wingate asked what he missed most about his son, he said, “Just the day-to-day contact. He was our pride and joy."

Gibson was training for the PF Chang's half marathon. Instead his wife, who was not injured in the accident, ran it in his name.

She says, “I can't undo what was done so I'm just trying to focus on keeping him alive."

The family is focused on doing that through the Joe Gibson Memorial Foundation by hosting an annual "Not Your Average Joe" race to raise money for local first responders.

Ed says, “It makes me proud. I just wish I had my son here. I'm very proud of him."

The 'Not Your Average Joe' race is scheduled for October.

If you would like to sign up go to the Joe Gibson Memorial Foundation.