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3 teens awarded Saved by the Belt award

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC ) -- Three teenagers are celebrating the gift of life. They were given an award Monday for a simple decision they made one rainy night.

It was back on April 14, 2012, at about 10:30 p.m. on Highway 13 when Alex Kast, Jeremy Hyman and Chaz Mithun were struck head-on by a drunk driver.

Without their seatbelts, the Minnesota State Patrol says the three teens would have been seriously injured and likely would not have survived the crash.

Instead, there are no visible scars and as the award reads, they were indeed "saved by the belt."

But as Chaz's mom explained, he's still dealing with emotional scars.

"I remember the night that he called me, how upset he was, more so that he had a hard time dealing with the fact that he promised that guy he was going to be okay," said Tabetha Mithun. "He can't get over the fact that he made a promise and it didn't happen."

Chaz said had it not been for the annoying beep inside the car and urges from his friends he may not have decided to wear his belt.

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