KAYSVILLE — At a time when things seem to be so divided, more than 100 teenagers came together at a Kaysville park Saturday to show how united they are.
The group gathered together to make signs and posters for their friend, 17-year old Sarah Frei.
“For all these people to be here, I think it’s really good for her,” said McKenna Arciaga, who is one of Frei’s good friends.
Arciaga is on the same Clearfield High School cheerleading team as Frei, and was almost in tears talking about her.
“Sarah is a very fun, outgoing girl,” said Arciaga. “I can tell that a lot of people do love her.”
Frei remained hospitalized Saturday, paralyzed from her waist down, all because of a crash in Logan Canyon Thursday evening.
“A truck just comes drifting around the corner and just hits us head on,” said Josh Harrison, who was in the car with Frei and two other friends as they were coming back from a trip to Bear Lake.
The Utah Highway Patrol said the driver of the truck that hit them was drunk.
“I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from (the driver’s) breath in an open air environment,” a police booking affidavit states. The trooper “observed several clues of impairment” and the driver said he had drinks before he left to go to Garden City.
Dustin Wesley Andersen, 45, was arrested and booked into Cache County Jail for investigation of four counts of DUI, speeding and improper use of a seat belt.
All four teenagers were taken to local hospitals.
“The driver had a fractured femur bone, right rear passenger was paralyzed, left rear passenger had a punctured lung and the right front passenger had an abdominal contusion,” the affidavit states.
Harrison was at Barnes Park in Kaysville Saturday talking to friends.
He said he will recover, as well as his other two friends who were in the car. However, Frei’s injuries are more severe. Her legs had to be amputated from her knees down.
“It’s a really tough time for her and her family,” Harrison said.
That’s why he said it was great to see so many of her friends at the park. They were making signs and posters of encouragement for Frei, as well as a long scroll of paper with their handprints on it with words letting her know she is loved.
“It’s insane,” Harrison said. “I didn’t really think this could be possible, but it’s great just to see all these people out here supporting Sarah because that’s what’s going to help her get through this.”
Even Frei’s family is touched by how many people care about her.
Her older brother and sister were also at the park to say hello to her friends and to thank them for all the support they have been giving her.
“This has been amazing, and it feels so natural and it feels so easy because Sarah — she just radiates light and she just gives and gives,” said Jessica Hogg, Frei’s sister. “She’s loved because she loves.”
Though it would be easy to be angry, the Frei family said their faith helps them stay positive.
“This is God’s plan and that everything will be OK,” said Mitch Frei, Sarah’s older brother. “Life is going to be a lot different for her and our family, but we’re going to move forward.”
Most of all, Frei’s family said they appreciate all the love and support people have been giving to Sarah and to their family.
“I just know how much that support means to my sister, and how much she loves her friends and that love and support,” said Mitch Frei. “She’s going to love all the videos and all the posters and everything that’s being made, and it’s going to help her recovery.”