Teens hope graphic video stops ‘hill-hopping’

Teens hope graphic video stops ‘hill-hopping’

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by KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist

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Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:41 AM

SALEM -- Four high school students in Salem shared what they hope is a life-saving lesson about dangerous joyriding.

They spoke out for the first time after a crash that left all of them injured, and left a hole in the driver’s shoulder where he was impaled by a fence post.

They were driving as fast as possible over a series of hills to send the car airborne, also known as “hill-hopping,” when the driver lost control and crashed.

Background: Salem teen impaled by fence in crash

They released a graphic video Tuesday to show the dangers of hill hopping, in the hope that others will see how dangerous the activity can be.

Justine Maggi almost lost her leg in the crash. She admitted she and her friends made a mistake, but said she hopes it will teach others a lesson.

"I hope that people learn from our mistake,” she said, “because other people will not be as lucky as we are."

There are a lot of graphic pictures in the video, but the people behind it said it's an important message that parents and teens need to see. The video will be shown in driver's education classes and is expected to reach about 13,000 kids per year.

Click below to see the video (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)

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