The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is using a serious injury crash in March to show that seat belts save lives. Angie Kupczak was driving to work in Forest Lake when another vehicle hit black ice and they collided head-on. Kupczak says she suffered a compound fracture in her leg and her heel was crushed:
“My abdominal muscles in the center were split from my seat belt. On the left side it actually went in two-and-a-half inches deep. So that is kind of my driving point as to why you wear a seat belt because think about the force that it took to go through my abdominal muscle two inches. Had I not been wearing a seat belt I would not be here today.”
Kupczak says all she remembers is being pulled from her vehicle by a man she was reunited with today (Thursday). Will St. Germaine says he was able to help Angie out of her vehicle as the engine compartment started on fire. There is a statewide seat belt enforcement campaign next week.