On April 25th, just two days before prom, a joint operation with emergency personnel made the consequences of driving while drunk a reality for the students at Hotchkiss High School. A number of their classmates in formal dress and covered in fake blood believably acted their roles in the staged multi-vehicle crash.
The accident location was said to be at Cottonwood Creek Road and Crawford Road.
A motorcycle was in a crumpled heap and smoking. The young male driver lay nearby. He would die at the scene. His date, in a formal blue gown, would be taken away in an ambulance because of her injuries.
An injured girl was thrown out of the front passenger seat and unto the hood of a white sedan. The young male driver was injured, but able to walk. He denied being drunk to the other survivors of the crash and even denied to police he was driving the car that caused the crash. He would later be arrested. After seeing his friends hurt in the crash, another young male fought with the driver. When firefighters arrived they cut the roof of the car off so another victim could be helped.
A van had rolled over during the crash. The trapped victim yelled for help until EMTs arrived.
The students could hear the frantic 911 call and dispatch contacting various emergency personnel.
Among those participating in the mock accident and emergency training were the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office, Colorado State Patrol, Delta County Sheriff, the Crawford Fire Department, CareFlight Medical Services from St. Mary's Hospital, the Delta County Coroner, three North Fork Ambulance crews and Delta County Ambulance Services.
Later the student body heard from the Colorado State Patrol and were shown videos. Two messages emerged from the presentation — wear your seatbelt and don't drink and drive.
The message was heard and received. Prior to Saturday's prom everyone attending had to take a Breathalyzer test. The school had heard that some students had planned to drink before the prom. That proved to not be true. Everyone passed the test. There were no incidents nor accidents on prom night. It was just a great fun prom, Grand March and dance.blog comments powered by Disqus