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Mother Who Lost Son Urges Drivers to Slow Down

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A reminder for drivers to slow down doesn't get more personal than this. It's been a little over two years since a south Fargo family lost their son when he was hit by a truck near his home. His mother decided that she would honor her son on what would be his 10th birthday today by letting her neighbors know to slow down for the safety of the community. Valley News team's Eric Crest shares her story.

At the Buena Vista Trailer Park in south Fargo neighbors noticed a bright addition to the block Monday evening.

"I think it's great... Why? Because people drive way too fast in this court," says a resident in the trailer park Linda Tholkes.

Today would have marked Mikey Fetzers 10th birthday. His little brother shares the same birthday date and a message that relays how Mikey passed away to folks driving by.

"At 21 mph Mikey flew 26 feet... slow down happy 10th birthday."

Mikey's mother, Bobbi Fetzer put the sign up. She says she just wants more people to be aware how dangerous this block can be. Adding it has limited visibility and the simple fact that too many go too fast down her road.

"We've had people drive around us and that to me really upsets me. You're driving around somebody who is going slow for safety and caution," says Bobbi Fetzer.

Smaller speed limit signs are already in place letting people know to slow down to 20 miles per hour. But the Fetzers hope that this oversized sign will help send a bigger message.

"it's to get people to slow down and think just how fast they really are going. Especially the trucks like the Fed-Ex and UPS truck drivers. They say we can go the speed limit. Well you're in a big truck and it's quite fast," says Fetzer.

The message resonates with neighbors too. Even those who don't have little ones running around.

"This sign is right because they go too fast," says Tholkes.

While the sign will come down on Wednesday, hopefully its message will stick around for much longer.

The sign was actually against city ordinance to be placed within a residential area. But the city made an exception. While it might be a painful reminder for many on that block Fetzer says hopefully it will have her neighborhood thinking about safety.


A mother, who lost her son after he was hit by a car last summer, is taking a stand in hopes of making neighborhoods safer.

A sign was put up in Buena Vista Trailer Park in south Fargo that reads "At 21 MPH Mikey Flew 26 Feet, Slow down, Happy 10th Birthday." The neighborhood hopes to raise awareness and get drivers to slow down and pay attention, especially with the school year right around the corner.

Mikey was 7 years old when he was hit by a car. After being airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center, he died on June 3, 2011. Valley News Team's Eric Crest is speaking with the family today and will have the full story tonight on Valley News Live.

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