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Mock accident shows students dangers of drinking and driving

Student Brody Hooper is loaded into a body bag as EMTs cut through the vehicle with jaws of life in the Mock Car accident at Elizabethtown Lewis School to warn students of dangers of drinking and driving.

Student Brody Hooper is loaded into a body bag as EMTs cut through the vehicle with jaws of life in the Mock Car accident at Elizabethtown Lewis School to warn students of dangers of drinking and driving. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— With prom, graduation, and an opportunity to go out and participate in summer partying, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Medical Squad, Elizabethtown-Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, State Police and W. M. Marvin’s Sons Funeral Home staged a mock accident to portray the unpleasant and real life outcomes of drinking and driving on April 27.

The emergency squad set the scene with a white Jeep propped in the ditch on the other side of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School’s back fence on Hand Avenue. In the school field, high school students sat in bleachers on the windy Friday afternoon.

As the scene unfolded a student actor, Louis Scaglione, portrayed the drunk driver who left the vehicle with a few scratches. Inside the vehicle, two others were removed. One actor, Jenny McGinn, left the vehicle in critical condition, and another student, Brody Hooper, left the scene of the accident in a body bag and was put into the funeral home’s hearse.

Emergency medical technician Jessica Munoz said the personnel worked as they would in a real emergency situation.

Scaglione was put through real-life sobriety tests by a state police officer while standing in front of his classmates. The ELCS junior said the acting was sort of fun but the reality of the situation was heavy on him throughout his performance.

“You can act but you can never really understand the situation till you experience it,” Scaglione said. “I hope from this everyone can understand the fear of losing someone and I hope they go away with the knowledge that they don’t want to go through this. Then this will be worth it.”

With prom right around the corner, Scaglione said he plans on being “safer than safe can be.”

MOCK ACCIDENT TO TRUE STORY 

After watching their classmates pulled from a mangled car, an ambulance, a hearse and a state police vehicle, the students went to the auditorium, where they listened to a real-life story of Alexis Collette. Alexis, 16-year-old girl from Keene Valley. She shared her experience of being in a car accident where the driver was intoxicated.

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