2012-04-12 / Front Page

Two dead, many injured -- ONLY A DRILL

Emergency exercise brings home no-drinking message at prom
Eric Gross

 Screaming “victims” of a head-on crash calling for help; the wails of police, fire and ambulance sirens; a medivac helicopter hovering over the surreal scene.Eric Gross / EMS providers assist the "victims" of Friday's horrific crash in Carmel.Eric Gross / EMS providers assist the "victims" of Friday's horrific crash in Carmel.

People stopped in their tracks Friday morning when the EMS personnel arrived at Carmel High School.

On a rear athletic field, members of the Junior Class were told that the events they would be witnessing would be frightening and upsetting.

A mock DWI crash on prom night resulted in the deaths of two people and in serious injury to four others.

Each spring around prom time, tragedies occur throughout the region when young people – who often believe they are invincible – get behind the wheel of a car in an intoxicated condition. The emcee for the exercise told the students:

“That split-second decision often proves tragic to not only the driver but to his or her family and the families of others inside the car as well as to the innocent pedestrians or others on the road.”

As the victims, actually members of the school's FBLA Club, were taken by ambulances and the chopper to area hospitals, police arrested the driver of the SUV that caused the crash, charging him with DWI.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell witnessed the exercise and remembered her days at Carmel High School.

“A prom year doesn’t go by that parents don’t think about the unthinkable. Many graduates from our high schools in Brewster, Carmel and Mahopac experienced the sadness of losing a classmate. We hope and pray that the students enjoy their proms but young people: ‘Please be careful and mindful.’”

Odell was a member of the Carmel High School Class of 1978, which lost its class president Roland Barlett to a terrible crash at prom time.

 

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