Crestview High School Presents Mock Car Crash
On Friday, April 28th, at Crestview High School’s football stadium, CHS students got to see a Mock Car Crash. Deputy Randall Joiner said “The purpose of this crash scene is to re-create an actual scene and events that take place during an impaired/texting/drowsy driving traffic homicide investigation. The goal is to show the students the result of any of these destructive decisions and to hopefully prevent students from making these destructive decisions.”
The event started with what happens right after an accident occurs; The first responders come on to the scene and begin to asses the needs of the injured. They announced one girl dead at the scene. When the fire department arrive they began tearing the cars apart to try and free the other victims from the cars. Some of them just had minor injurers but one girl was rushed into an ambulance. She later was taken to a helicopter to be evacuated to a nearby hospital. When the rest of the police officers arrived they began to look at the accident closely and interview the victims to try and understand exactly what happened. They gave the driver in the second car a field sobriety test; he failed to pass and was arrested for drinking and driving. His punishment will be even more severe because someone died. Then, one of the officers has to go and tell the parents of the deceased that their daughter is dead. They also gave us students the opportunity to go and look at the funeral setup that Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home put together. At the funeral setup they also had a poster of real pictures of an accident where somebody died from being hit by a drunk driver.
After the Mock Car Crash was over students got to hear from some guest speakers. The first speaker was Amy Jamison. She lost her son as the result of a drunk driver. The next speaker was Ron Adams. His son was a Crestview High School student when he was killed.
“I think this is something the students should see because it shows them the reality in a split second. I have had the unfortunate experience to witness first-hand these crash scenes and it is horrible. If one life is touched and prevents one of these crashes from ever occurring, we have succeeded! I plan to host and coordinate at least one of these crash scenes each year that I am here at CHS because I feel it makes a difference,” Deputy Joiner stated.
People involved in making this demonstration happen were Deputy Randall Joiner, FHP, Crestview Fire Department, Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home, Life Flight, EMS, Tim White Vault and Monument, Crestview Paint and Body, several CHS students who played the role of vehicle occupants and the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office.