Subway rival women’s soccer teams raise awareness of safe driving after recent crashes

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MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. – This has been a sobering summer for a school district in Minnesota.

Three recent accidents have hit Mounds View students hard. One happened in June, another in July, and then another tragedy happened this week.

The night of June 30 is a student at Mounds View High School that Berit Hudson will never forget.

“There were four of us crammed into the back of a car, and because of that we didn’t fasten our seat belts because there weren’t enough seats. The driver was driving very fast, so fast that we ended up missing a turn and going into a tree at 80 mph,” Hudson said.

The six teenagers were seriously injured but survived. But just four weeks later, a classmate was killed in a construction zone by Lake Elmo.

“Unfortunately he was not wearing his seat belt and that’s when he died,” Hudson said. “And it’s been super, super hard on our community.”

And on Monday, tragedy struck again. An accident sent another student from Mounds View High School to the hospital. His little sister – a toddler – did not survive.

That’s why, for their community initiative night, Mounds View teamed up with rival Irondale to draw attention to safe driving. To help get the message across, players from both teams wore special jerseys with a message on the back that read “Drive Safe Someone Loves You”.

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“Just deciding whether to drive within the speed limit, keep your phone down or put on your seatbelt shouldn’t be a difficult decision, but they are,” the Mounds View Girls head coach said. Soccer, Katelyn Fast. “These are things we need to remind these kids to think about when they get in the car.”

Hudson says the message isn’t just for people behind the wheel. Looking back, she says even as a passenger she could have made a difference.

“Just talking. You know, it can be scary sometimes, but you know, just one voice telling someone to slow down or put down their phone when they’re in the car can end up saving a life,” Hudson said. .

Some of the students say they pioneered the idea of ​​starting a ‘Students Against Drunk Driving’ group in high school to spread the message of safe driving throughout the year.

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