By Derek Etter
As seniors entered the school parking lot with snow flurrying above and the deafening roar of chatter, the wind carried a beer can across the ground, eerily symbolic of the dramatic scene behind it.
Two cars, both carrying Red Lion seniors, were totaled in the middle of the lot.
Drops of blood were dripping down the cars and glass was shattered at the feet of seniors trapped in the cars, which were piled on top of each other
As paramedics and firefighters arrived, students were cut out of the cars, and some that couldn’t be saved were laid under sheets.
As the dramatic tableau unfolded, the booming sound of students talking over each other was drowned out by sirens, and the voice of senior Quinn Waldrup shouting, “What did I do?”
However, this dramatic crash happens every year at Red Lion in the same lot, only with different students.
By Molly Kuhn
Senior Staff Writer
Every year the Red Cross Club holds the mock accident the day before prom to show seniors the possible outcome of drinking and driving. The seniors stood behind the barriers while they watched their friends they knew suffer from the “accident” that just happened.
Students Jeffery White, Brandon Laveau, Tim McGee, CJ Weigle, Kayla Garcia, Tori Sprenkle, Cassie Krackow, and Ashley Zagorski were the eight individuals nominated to be in the mock accident on April 26. The Red Cross club nominated these eight individuals because they are well known in their class. Therefore, making it more emotional for the many students who know them.
The seniors approached the scene a little unsure and intimidated. There was chatter coming from some of the students, who didn’t seem to be taking it seriously. But after Tim McGee dramatically fell out of the car, screams from Jeffrey White and Ashley Zagorski hit the crowd, and the ambulance came racing down the street into the parking lot, the crowd fell silent.
This experience was surreal for some of the students. “You would never picture it being people you know,” senior Amanda Wivell said.
Senior Kenzie Schmitt was very emotional after watching her best friend, Cassie Krackow lie on the gurnay with a sheet over her body because a drunk driver cut her life short. “Knowing her since preschool, it was just so surreal,” Schmitt said.
According to Alcohol Alert!, in 2011, there were 32,367 total fatalities in car crashes, 9,878 being alcohol-related.
The enforced message was that this could happen to anyone; your friends, family, and even you. Don’t drink and drive, because you are not only putting yourself at risk, but everyone else on the road.