Students learn from tragedyIn March, 2012, Haylie Samuelson of Pine County, Minn., lost her life in a one car rollover.
By: Tammy François, Lake County News Chronicle
In March, 2012, Haylie Samuelson of Pine County, Minn., lost her life in a one car rollover. News reports say that she and a friend were on their way to Hinkley to visit a friend when Samuelson, the driver of the car, failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Samuelson’s friend who survived the crash, said later that both girls were texting at the time of the wreck. Samuelson was just 16 at the time of her death.
Samuelson’s car, with the permission of her family, is now used as part of the Toward Zero Deaths initiative—a collaborative, mutli-disciplinary effort to reduce traffic fatalities on Minnesota roadways. Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson made arrangements to have the car brought to both THHS and Kelley High School to show students the tragic consequences of distracted driving. Jenn Hoff of Essentia Health brought a monitor and a specially designed computer program to give students an opportunity to simulate the hazards of driving and texting