Nashwauk teen who survived crash shares message to save lives |

Nashwauk teen who survived crash shares message to save lives

Updated: May 12, 2022 06:19 PM
Created: May 12, 2022 02:45 PM

Lexi Carroll's life changed in an instant, August 1st, 2019. She was taking her two-year-old nephew, Logan, on a walk, when a driver ran them both over.

Logan died, and Lexi suffered severe injuries.

But she's powered through the pain, and wants to spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving.

She and her mother, Michelle Hipsag, spoke at the mock crash event in Nashwauk on Thursday.

"We like to keep Logan's memory alive, and reach as many people as we can. And make sure they don't drive under the influence of anything," Lexi told us. 

Her friend, Jazlynn Svaleson, told us, "They are doing a lot of good. Letting people know what can happen if you make a bad choice. Even in our school, people start to realize more about the impact of the crash."

Police hold this event every few years for the 10th-12th graders, to make sure they understand the importance of good choices behind the wheel.

Hipsag is appreciative of all the work that went into putting it together. "We hope to reach as many people as we can, and save as many lives as we can."

Students were actors during the mock crash. 

Brody Erickson, a senior, was someone who was pronounced dead in the backseat of the drunk driver's car. "I think it's a good experience for kids to see that you can lose your good friends, and it's not something you want to go through."

Another student, sophomore Olivia Nagler, said, "It was good to witness it first hand. A lot of people don't take it seriously till it happens to them."

Lexi is looking forward to a future. She'll be playing volleyball at Hibbing Community College in the fall. She and her mother have also done presentations across the region.

The driver who hit her and Logan is serving prison time.

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