Four Sprague High School students are sharing the dangers of the need for speed, and how lucky they are to be alive today, in a compelling video on Salem Health's YouTube channel. 16-year-old Josh Martinson and his friends, Daniel Fiedler, Justine Maggi and Lindsey Botek, also 16 years old, are all recovering from injuries suffered in a horrific crash last May 2nd, when Josh flipped his mother's car while hill-jumping near Salem. "We didn't think nothing like this would ever happen to us," says Josh, who found himself impaled through the shoulder by a metal fence post, and his friends hurt, after the car landed.
Kelly Owen, a trauma nurse at Salem Hospital, convinced the teens and their parents to tell their frightening story on-camera, to show to other teens at school assemblies across the Northwest, put on by the group, Nurses Talk Tough. "This is a great story, because it has a happy ending, and many times, these crashes don't," said Owen, "hopefully, other teens will learn valuable lessons from the choices these kids made, and not make the same mistakes."