OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School prom is Saturday night.
However, this morning (May 7), juniors and seniors gathered to view a macabre demonstration of what could go wrong if alcohol and driving become part of the night.
The Oswego Police Department, Oswego Fire Department, Scottyâ€™s Towing, Fredâ€™s Auto Parts, Stop DWI Paul Stoner and GeoffÂ Bizdick, Oswego CountyÂ Coroner Donald Dodd, Oswego Theater crew and district buildings and grounds personnel worked together to create the accident scene.
A mock drunk driving accident was staged in the school parking lot.
Several teens were “injured;” one was ejected from the vehicle and was “dead” at the scene, according to the scenario.
Studies have shown that it takes less than one second for you to die in a car crash, the students in the audience were told.
In the first tenth of a second, the front bumper and grill collapse.
In the second tenth, the hood crumbles, rises and strikes the windshield, and spinning rear wheels lift off the ground. At the same time, fenders begin wrapping themselves around any object that the car comes in contact with. The carâ€™s frame has been stopped, but its occupants are still moving.
In the third tenth, the steering wheel starts to disintegrate. The steering column aims for the driverâ€™s chest.
In the fourth tenth of a second, the first two feet of the car gone, the rear end is still moving at 35 mph.
In the fifth tenth, the driver is impaled on the steering column and their lungs rupture.
In the sixth tenth, the impact is to the point where the driverâ€™s feet are ripped out of tightly laced shoes. Their knees and the bones below their knees snap.
In the seventh tenth of a second the hinges on the doors and the hood rip loose. The back of the seat comes ripped out of the floor of the car and slams into the back of the driver.
Oswego students volunteering to assist were Maia Czarnecki, John Samson, Matt Howard, Sam Czarnecki, Jeremy Gosek, Danielle Posillipo, Katelyn Stevens, Aryelle Caruso and Chelsea Johnson.