PULASKI – Pulaski High School students received a sobering message during a recent mock driving while intoxicated accident in the school’s parking lot: be impairment aware.
Empty beer bottles were littered among blood spatter on the pavement as “victim” Jenny Lapp was pulled from the wreckage after she had been through the windshield.
She lost part of her leg.
“Victims” Daniel Nicholson, Jared Dana, Audrey Monson and Schuyler Waldron were placed on stretchers with “critical injuries” as “victim” Delilah Mehallow watched the scene in awe, crying.
“Victim” Brittany VanDuzer succumbed to her injuries after the “offender” Dallas Ashby crashed his vehicle into hers.
He “failed” a field sobriety test, and subsequently was taken away in a police car before he was “arraigned” in front of Hon. James Ridgeway on several charges.
A narrator explained each stage of the crash scene and students learned the financial impact of a DWI offense.
All Pulaski High School students witnessed the mock crash, court proceedings and funeral of “victim” VanDuzer in the auditorium.
There, each student walked by an open casket, looking at their reflection in a mirror.
Oswego County Stop DWI Coordinator Robert Lighthall said that provided students with an opportunity to realize they are responsible for making safe, smart choices.
Several students wiped away tears throughout the morning, and many applauded a victim impact volunteer for sharing the story of how she had to move on without her husband who was killed in a DWI accident 21 years ago.
Principal Michael Bateson said he hoped students were moved by the event and will make responsible decisions.
Pulaski High School’s prom is scheduled for Saturday.