Mounds View football team enhances driver safety after car accidents

Drivers always have the choice to get in the car and whether to lock their seatbelts, and these split-second decisions can change their lives. This message was carried home Thursday night at Mounds View High School.

Two car accidents, one fatal, involving Mounds View students, shook the community this summer. At the girls’ soccer match, two major competing high schools banded together in hopes of raising drivers’ safety awareness.

“We came up with the idea as captains with our coaches as well, and we just wanted to make a difference,” said Celine Klum, one of the team’s captains.

In June, one player, Bert Hudson, was one of six teens injured in a crash when their car crashed into a tree in Lake Hamm.

“It was so hard when I was in the ambulance, I didn’t know if my friends were okay. I didn’t know what anyone was like, and it was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever been through,” Hudson said. .

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to have that phone call in the middle of the night,” said her mother, Rachel Hudson. Your daughter had a terrible car accident.”

Miraculously, all six teenagers survived. But in July, society was shaken again when another student was killed in a crash at Elmo Lake.

“In the event that another accident occurs two weeks after it occurred, there is still a lot of work to do,” said Caitlin Fast, manager of the girls’ soccer team at Mounds View.

This act meant standing side by side with Irondale High, which was usually the school’s competition.

“This is a community, and we need to support each other and help each other through the tragedy,” said Desiree Cremin, head of the Arundel girls soccer team.

Since Hudson supports her teammates from the bench, she wants other teens to know that they always have the option to get in the car.

“Maybe our injuries wouldn’t have been that bad if we were wearing a seat belt. I might have talked too loudly. I know it’s hard for some people, but talking loudly, telling the driver to slow down — maybe it just ended differently,” Hudson said.

“Most of these kids don’t realize that they aren’t immune and that these habits they have to check their phones – they need to think more about what they’re doing,” Fast said.

Hudson has spent the past three months in a back brace, which she said wasn’t the way she envisioned starting her first 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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