Parents of victims, survivors hope to use Campellsport crash to save lives
CAMBELLSPORT - A devastating crash that killed three Campbellsport teens two years ago, inspires a movement to save lives.
The tragic crash effected everyone in Campbellsport. In addition to the three girls that died - Katie Berg, 16; Caitlin Scannel, 17; Sabrina Stahl, 15 - six others were hurt. They were all members of the Campbellsport High School Soccer Team.
The crash happened on February 4, 2012, when the speeding SUV the girls were in went out of control and rolled several times. The teenage driver - Carly Ottery, was a friend and teammate.
Parents of the victims, some of the survivors, and first-responders are speaking-out with the hope that their story will convince other drivers to be more careful.
They partnered with video producer, Gregg Burmeister, to create a 25-minute public service announcement with a very powerful message. It shows how one bad decision to speed, can change lives forever. The movement they're starting is called "Speak Up to Slow Down".
The public service announcement includes the 911 call made by the driver of the SUV after the accident, and video of the mangled SUV. It shows where the crash occurred, and recreates exactly what happened.
TODAY'S TMJ4 spoke with Candace Stahl, Sabrina's mom, about why she wanted to participate in the public service announcement.
"I do not want any other family to have to go through what our families have gone through," she says. "I miss my daughter every day. The pain of losing a child never goes away. If you are driving, you are responsible for everyone in your car. People need to know that. Lives can change in an instant. Parents need to have serious discussions with their children about driving."
Burmeister says meeting with those families and making the video changed his life. He's hoping to get every high school in Wisconsin to show it, and recommends all parents of teenagers sit down with their kids to watch it.
Click here for more on the "Speak Up to Slow Down" initiative.