MINNETONKA, Minn. - A Minnetonka High School student has been identified as the person killed in a car-pedestrian accident Wednesday morning.
Principal Jeffrey Erickson sent out an email to students and their families, informing them that 17-year-old Scott Berzins died after being struck by a car while crossing Highway 7 near the intersection with County 101, just blocks from Minnetonka High School around 6:20 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol says Berzins was not in a crosswalk when he was hit.
Below is the message from Principal Erickson.
Dear Minnetonka High School Community,
I write to you with deep sadness as Minnetonka High School lost a student today. Scott Berzins, 17 years old, passed away as a result of a fatal pedestrian accident at 101 and Hwy 7 early this morning.
It is always difficult to understand and explain to students how such a young life can end so quickly due to a tragic accident. We expect our students will respond to this information in a wide range of ways. Sadness, memories of past loss and personal worry are normal. Please pay particular attention to your teen this evening and in the coming days. Be present. Be ready to talk if they want to talk. Some students may wait a while before wanting to talk or may need to be asked about the situation before talking. Some students may not need to discuss the situation at all.
My top priority continues to be caring for each Minnetonka student’s well-being. We want you to know our staff is here to support our students and families who will be grieving this terrible loss. This morning we held a moment of silence at school and I talked to students about what they may have witnessed coming to school. That was before we knew that it was one of our own we lost. I hope you’ll respect that authorities needed to notify the family before notifying the school and community. It has been a difficult day. We received official notification tonight when the State Patrol released the information.
If you have questions or need additional support for your child, please contact the MHS Counseling Office at 952-401-5811. As well, students may come directly to the Counseling Office if they need support. There will be staff available to meet with students.
In addition, the Minnetonka High School counseling pages have helpful resources to help teens cope with grief. Please click here for the link.
Minnetonka High School is a strong community built on caring and positive relationships. We all draw support and strength from this culture not only during the moments of joy but during these times of tragedy. Every single adult in this building is committed to supporting your child. If there is something specific we can do, please let me know.
I’d ask you keep Scott’s family and friends in your thoughts at this time.
With gratitude for your support,
Jeff Erickson, Principal
Investigators say there is no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash. The 35-year-old woman driving the vehicle that collided with Berzins was cooperative.