Salem teens involved in high-speed crash speak out to trauma nurses

Kelly Owen, RN, a trauma nurse at Salem Hospital, recently contacted the families of four Sprague High School students involved in a single car crash near the campus on May 2.

The driver, Joshua Martinson, 16, lost control of the car while hill jumping. A metal fence post went through his shoulder, but incredibly he survived the crash along with his three 16-year-old passengers—Daniel Fiedler, Justine Maggi and Lindsey Botek.

Owen wanted to create a compelling video to show to teens across the Northwest at school assemblies put on by the group, Trauma Nurses Talk Tough. The teens, with their families’ consent, agreed to go on-camera for the first time to share details of what happened.

“This is a great story because it has a happy ending, and many times these crashes don’t,” said Owen. “It’s also great the kids involved told the story because other teenagers will likely be more impacted when they hear it from their peers instead of adults. Hopefully other teens will learn valuable lessons from the choices these kids made and not make the same mistakes.”

The video is available for viewing on Salem Health’s YouTube channel at this link:

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. Visit us at; “Like” us on; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at