ATLANTIC JUNIORS AND SENIORS WITNESS MOCK ACCIDENT
(Atlantic) A mock accident was conducted on the Atlantic High School Campus Monday afternoon as part of a program called “Every 15 Minutes”. This is an educational experience that reminds us all of the dangers associated with driving while impaired. The crash is staged, the emotions are real!
Atlantic High School juniors and seniors sat on the north lawn of the school grounds and witnessed Monday’s exercise beginning at around 1:45 p.m. The mock accident resulted in the deaths of two teenagers and the arrest of another.
An 18-year-old male student was killed in the mock crash. A 17-year-old female student was airlifted from the scene to a trauma center where she later died from her injuries. Both teenagers were passengers in the vehicle driven by a 17-year-old female who, according to the script, lost control rounding a curve in the road and was struck broadside by a 1993 Cadillac. The driver of that vehicle and a third passenger in the vehicle driven by the 17-year-old were taken by ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.
Junior and senior high students witnessed the student being loaded into the Life-Net Helicopter, Medivac Ambulance, and a hearse. The parent of the victim was even brought to the scene to identify her son for the medical examiner.
At around 3:45 p.m. the 17-year-old appeared in court for a mock sentencing with real lawyers and a real judge, who sentenced the teen to 25-years in prison on each count to run concurrent on a charge of motor vehicle homicide.
Before the sentencing the parents of the students participating in the drill read statements in front of the judge.
“Brett was only 18 years old; he was getting ready for his senior prom and looking forward to graduating from Atlantic High School. He was planning to go on to college and major in sports management education; he always wanted to be a coach. Brett was a very outgoing, witty individual with a very tender heart,” said Dan Feistner.
Atlantic High School Student Cody Ihnen.
“We’ve been told all our lives don’t drink and drive, don’t ride with people that have been drinking, but this just brings a whole level of realism to it, it’s just more intense,” said Ihnen. “I didn’t really know how emergency services treated accidents seeing that mock accident was very realistic.”
Alyssa West says the “Every 15 Minutes” Program taught a life lesson.
“It will stick with me forever and I will share it with my little siblings and my family not to drink and drive because it does affect everybody,” said West.
The “Every 15 Minutes” drill continues this morning with a staged memorial service for the victims killed in the mock crash.