Mounds View Football Team Promotes Driver Safety After Car Accident in Rock Community

Drivers always have the option of getting in a car or fastening their seat belts, and these split-second decisions can change lives. That message was taken home Thursday night at Mounds View High School.

Two car accidents, one fatal, involving students from Mounds View have rocked the community this summer. At the women’s football game, two major rival schools teamed up in hopes of raising awareness of driver safety.

“We had the idea of ​​captains with our coaches too, and we just wanted to make a difference,” Celine Klum, one of the team’s captains.

In June, one of the players, Berit Hudson, was one of six teenagers injured in an accident when her car hit a tree in Ham Lake.

“It was really hard when I was in the ambulance, I didn’t know if my friends were okay. I didn’t know how anyone was doing, and it was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever had to go through,” Hudson said. .

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to get that phone call in the middle of the night: ‘This is cop so-and-so. Your daughter was in a terrible car accident,'” said her mother, Rachel Hudson.

Miraculously, all six teenagers survived. But in July, the community was shaken yet again when another student died in an accident at Lake Elmo.

“For another accident to happen a few weeks after hers, that says there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Katelynn Fast, head coach of the Mounds View women’s soccer team.

That job meant siding with Irondale High, which is usually the school’s rival.

“This is a community, and we need to support and help each other through the tragedy,” said Desiree Cremeen, head coach of the Irondale women’s soccer team.

As Hudson supports her bank teammates, she wants other teens to know that they always have the option of getting into a car.

“Our injuries probably wouldn’t have been so bad if we’d had a seat belt. Probably just talking too. I know it’s hard for some people, but talking, telling the driver to slow down — it might have ended differently,” Hudson said.

“Most of these kids don’t realize that they’re not invincible and that these habits they have of checking their phones — they need to think more about what they’re doing,” Fast said.

Hudson has spent the last three months in a brace in the back, and she says it’s not the way she imagined starting her senior year, but she hopes to be back on the field by the end of the season.

“Even though I’m not playing, I’m still part of the team,” she said.

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