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Published August 08, 2012, 09:53 PM

Wahpeton woman hopes her daughter's tragic story can help others

Wahpeton, N.D. (WDAY TV) - A Wahpeton woman knows all too well the pain and loss as the result of a car accident where a truck driver tried to beat a red light, killing her daughter.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Wahpeton, N.D. (WDAY TV) - A Wahpeton woman knows all too well the pain and loss as the result of a car accident where a truck driver tried to beat a red light, killing her daughter.

As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us, that mother wants to spare other families from living with the nightmare.

It's dramatic video like this that makes "running a red light" so real and senseless. While law enforcement may want you to remember these pictures, Brenda Gjesdal of Wahpeton, wants you to remember this picture. Her daughter Annie, killed after a truck driver blew a red light.

She had just graduated from high school, preparing to enter college, a life ahead of her. Then…

Brenda Gjesdal, Annie’s mom: “Went through the red light, straight into Annie's driver's door and Annie died instantly.”

Brenda takes advantage of every opportunity to not only share the story of Annie but tell people how lives can change in a split second.

Gjesdal: “I never thought something like that could happen but in a matter of moments, in eight seconds, my daughter's life was over. Changed my life forever.”

This mother can think of no better way to honor the memory of her daughter than to remind all of us to think of this life cut short, all because someone tried to beat a red.

The driver who hit and killed Annie served a year in jail for negligent homicide.

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