March 19, 2013
Students of Royal High School were able to witness the result of a deadly two-vehicle crash involving young people who mixed drinking with driving. It was just a simulation but a very realistic road crash acted and staged by seniors of the school. Last Monday, Royal High School students witnessed the aftermath of a car accident that greatly impacted on the spectators.
Senior student, Cynthia Borceguin, age 17, commented as sad and dramatic to personally witness a wreck that may happen in real life.
Known as the Every 15 Minutes program, it is created to vividly show young people the possible risk and disastrious effect of distracted and DUI behind the wheels. The title of the program was derived from an incidence early in 1990 when someone was dying every 15 minutes which were all alcohol. New legislations, campaigns done in the grass-roots and prevention measures are all for the purpose of stopping one victim dying every 30 minutes.
The crash scene happened at Block 1300 in Arcane Street. It showed Destinee Reed, age 17, attired in a formal blue dress and dripping with blood after a crash as the girl coming home from the prom.
Another student-actor was Sage Newell, age 17, playing the role of her boyfriend who spent the night drinking and driving.
Ventura Country firefighters extricated the victims from the vehicle. Reed expired in the scene and was delivered by a hearse to the morgue. Ventura County firefighters also extricated the two other passengers from a car that were immediately transported by ambulance to local hospitals. After apprehending Newell, who sustained minor injuries, was given a sobriety test by the police.
One of the victims freed by emergency workers from a vehicle during the Monday presentation of Every 15 Minutes at Royal High School located in Simi Valley was Brandon Fuller.
Newell hopes that playing the role of the drunken driver in the program will serve as a warning and go a long way in helping young people watching in making the right option while they are behind the wheels.
This will be the 10th year for the two-day program brought to the Royal High School for students to come face-to-face with a tragic wreck.
The chairwoman of the Royal High School’s program Harriet Hunsaker said it offers students the chance to view reality and a life-changing experience for them to see it, to become part of it and to witness the after effect of someone young dying.
Destinee Reed’s bloodied body was covered with a tarp indicating that she expired after the simulated car crash at Royal High School last Monday.
The news announced over the intercom of the school was about the death of a classmate who was the victim of a drunken-driving wreck.
The 17-year-old student, Erica Kasravi played another victim of drunken driving and she was one of those walking dead inside the campus that day.
Kasravi considered her participation in the program as an effective way to send a message across for she has lost family members to drinking and driving.
During the whole day, the entire school community was witness to the effects and results of drinking and driving.
The volunteers from Northridge’s Robyn Michaels Salon in Northridge were doing the makeup for the actors to make the scene as realistic as possible.
Another student, Nick Gutierrez, age 18, played the role of one victim in the car wreck and his parents really accompanied him all the way to the hospital.
Accompanied by her parents, Reed was delivered to Reardon Mortuary by a hearse.
The program was more than a day’s affair as the 19 students who were part the program stayed for an overnight retreat to show how an accident is way to be separated from one’s friends and family.
Next day, students watched a video coverage of Monday’s events showing the visit in the morgue and the teenager’s trial for DUI.
School Chaplains Brian Clements and Paul Kuzma had the task of notifying the parents of the students who died as relevant part of the program. In real life, chaplains are tasked in notifying relatives of the death of their kins.
Another student, Sage Newell played a character arrested on suspicion of DUI during the staged car crash Monday at Royal High School in Simi Valley.
Lt. April Baxter, who is the commander of the agency’s Moorpark office, commented that the program made an impact on the audience and will be a great factor in reducing car accidents in the time to come.
Officer Michelle Savage of the Simi Valley police narrated Monday’s crash scene to more than 1,200 students and their families who were seated at the bleachers nearby.
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Source: VCStar Com News