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21 year old from Eden Prairie killed in accident in Vietnam

Katie Pudas was vacationing in Vietnam when she died in a motorbike accident.

A 21-year-old woman from Eden Prairie was killed in a tragic accident while vacationing in Vietnam in last week. 

According to, Katie Pudas died when she was hit by a car while riding a motorbike in the Ha Giang Loop in northern Vietnam (near the border to China).

A witness told her family that Pudas was attempting to get out of the way after the car took a corner too sharply, only for her bike to slide on the wet surface.

A GoFundMe for Pudas' family has already raised more than $13,000. The fundraiser was organized by New York-based Festo Corporation, which promised to match any dollar amount up to $5,000. 

"Katie had just graduated from the University of Kansas in May in only 3 years and has been working part time and taking several vacations with her friends," the fundraiser says.

"She just turned 21 on July 9. Her most recent adventure was a trip to Asia with a friend of hers from high school. They started in Bali Indonesia, went to Bangkok, Thailand and then on to Vietnam. They were going to end the trip in Indonesia and then return back in the USA on July 31."

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A family member posted to Facebook the day after her death, saying "there are thousands upon thousands of things that could be said to try and capture just a small piece of her personality and drive and passion for life but they all seem to pale in comparison to the reality of who she was to all of us."

Her family told the Eden Prairie News that they intend to create a memorial fund in her honor for Eden Prairie High School, where she was the 2014 Homecoming Queen.

They said she was a very humble person who was passionate about politics, women’s rights and gender equality.

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