Young Survivor Pushes Safety
7-year-old launches grassroots seat-belt campaign days after horrific crash.
(KUSA) Monserrat Arenas almost never made it to her 7th birthday last Sunday. Just three days prior, she was riding with her mother when their car was violently struck right where the first grader was sitting.
"I see my daughter just full of blood," said Maria Pedrozna, Monserrat's mother.
At first, Pedrozna feared the worst. Her daughter entered surgery with concerns of a serious head injury. In the end, Monserrat suffered serious cuts and bruises, but she is relatively okay. Pedrozna says while at the hospital, her daughter made a surprising request.
"The first thing she told me is, I need to talk to the principal," said Pedrozna.
Monserrat wanted to share with her classmates the importance of wearing a seat belt and using a booster seat. She believes that saved her life.
"It's important that you put your seat belt," said Monserrat.
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