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Friends raising funds for girl injured in 7-car crash

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Posted at 6:13 PM, May 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-15 20:29:36-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah - Classmates and teammates are rallying to the aid of a teen girl who was critically hurt in a car crash.

44-year-old Bill Robert Thompson was allegedly driving while drunk when he ran a red light last Thursday, causing a 7-car crash that killed 43-year-old Susan Madsen and left her 13-year-old daughter Tessa critically injured.

Tessa's teammates are wearing pink armbands to show their support for the Madsen family during a West Jordan soccer tournament on Thursday, one week after the crash.

Her classmates are also launching a "Pray for Tessa" website to help raise money for her medical expenses.

"We made a website with a video to donate to Tessa," said Ayden Jensen and Lauren Wilson. "I hope to help out her family. She's such a nice person, her family is so nice we just hope to help their family through all of this."

The website went up Wednesday night and already the girls have helped raise over $1,000 for Tessa's medical expenses. Neighbors and friends of Megan are also rallying to the family's side.

"Just seeing how everybody's reached out and how we really are just one family," said Wendy Hadden, Corinne Harryman and Calli Miller. "And one mom might have been taken but there's many more willing to step in."

Tessa had surgery on her jaw earlier this week, and friends say she's in good spirits.