Two students killed in crash en route to Mounds View High School


Flowers began to gather as folks stopped by after the school day to pay their respects following the Dec. 1 fatal car collision in Arden Hills that killed two Mounds View High School students and injured a third.

By Thursday afternoon, the two totaled cars were removed from the scene of the accident at Highway 96 and Old Highway 8, but traces of the event that killed two Mounds View High School students were abundant: tire marks, debris and glass scattered in the intersection.

Emergency officials blocked off roadways in the area after the accident until around noon.

Two students were killed in a Dec. 1 car accident in Arden Hills; a third student, the driver, was injured and hospitalized. 

The three girls, juniors at Mounds View High School, were struck by another car while heading to school Thursday morning. A school letter sent to families Dec. 2 identified the girls who died in the crash as Bridget Giere and Stephanie Carlson. Samantha Redden, the driver, remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Driving westbound on County Hsighway 96, the girls’ car was turning left at the intersection of Highway 96 and Old Highway 10 when it was struck by an oncoming eastbound SUV at 7:02 a.m.

The eastbound lanes of the intersection were closed to traffic for the entirety of the morning, opening back up after noon. 

At a media briefing Thursday afternoon, Mounds View High School principal Jeff Ridlehoover said the girls, all three “wonderful young people,” were good friends and would drive to school together often.

According to the Ramsey County Sherriff’s Office, the deaths of the two students occurred at the scene; the driver of the other vehicle was released at the scene.

Support staff and councilors were available at the high school the day of the accident and the next day as well, in order to help students process the the loss of their classmates.

According to school officials, after-school meetings and athletic events at the school of 1,700 students were canceled and a vigil was held in the evening. 

By Thursday afternoon, bouquets of flowers we being placed on a guardrail beside the intersection where the tragic event occurred. 

 

Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815.

 

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