May 23, 2019 10:43 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 marks the ten year anniversary of one of the deadliest drunk driving crashes in Rochester.
Five people were killed that day. The only two people to survive were Rita Seha and the driver Christopher Frisch who was intoxicated.
ABC 6 News got an exclusive interview with Christopher Frisch in 2013 when he was in prison.
“A a lot of stuff that happens behind the wheel, whether you're drinking or talking on your cell phone or just being distracted you know, all it takes is a split second and I'll never get past it, it is something that will always be a part of my past and you can never change that,” he said.
Chris spent five years in the Lino Lakes prison for that 2009 crash. He and Rita have become friends over the years, sharing the story of that night at area schools and advocating about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Seha hopes their work will help save lives and prevent other families from experiencing this type of pain.
In honor of the ten year anniversary, she placed white crosses and flowers at the crash site near the intersection of Highway 30 and US 63. The five crosses to remember the lives lost, her fiancée, her daughter Heidi, her friend, grandchild and newborn son.
"I miss all of them but Heidi's the worst. She was my only daughter so when it comes to doing mother-daughter things it bothers me. I want people to slow down and think about what you could lose and whose life you are affecting if you do,” she said.
Heidi’s son 11-year-old Landon Hay was on a camping trip with his dad at the time of the accident. Thursday, he came to the site where his mother and brother were killed to honor their memory.
“I wouldn't be here right at this site if the crash didn't happen. She would still be here with me right now,” he said.
Seha said she’s working to make the intersection safer. She is hoping to see a change in the next few years.
Created: May 23, 2019 10:43 PM
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