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FHS mock crash meant to be ‘eye-opener’

Rescue workers swarmed over the quad at Farragut High School pulling students from crashed vehicles Tuesday, May 13.

Fortunately the crash was not real.

FHS’s Students Against Destructive Decisions participants staged the mock crash to help make an impact on students and hopefully deter drinking and driving.

Many Bowlling, FHS senior and SADD chapter president, said, “We created it last year just to raise the awareness of the presence of drinking in high school because it is really prominent around here. We just wanted to have something to make people aware, especially about drinking and driving, of course, but about drinking in general because teenage drinking is so prominent these days.

“It is really an eye opener for the students to see their peers in something that seems so real. I remember last year hearing people talking in the hall about how crazy it was to see this,” she added.

This year’s crash was set up as a play-by-play of what happens in a real crash, complete with rescue workers and police officers.

The scene was a head-on collision involving five FHS juniors. An intoxicated Conner Stank crashed his car, carrying passenger Chelsea Esposito, into a car driven by Renee Slawsky and containing passengers Tony Sanseverino and Jessie McDowell.

Rescue workers arrived, assessed the situation, and within minutes began removing the injured passengers from the vehicles, using the Jaws of Life to remove Renee, Tony and Jessie.

Sherry Walker, Rural Metro customer relations officer, coordinated the event.

“The program here today is done by SADD. I am involved with the Teen Driver Awareness Program that we started at Powell High School. They called and asked me to bring the mock wreck here.

“Everybody who is involved here today is Farragut High School SADD, Rural Metro Fire, Rural Metro EMS, Knox County Rescue Squad, Knox County Sheriff’s [Office] and Clinton Highway Wrecker.”

An event of this magnitude, involving so many emergency workers, takes quite a while to orchestrate.

“I start planning about two months ahead to get on the schools schedule, then I have to get on the schedule for all the emergency agencies that are involved. We have to get the other agencies to cover their agency while we are out here,” Walker said.

Connor, playing the intoxicated driver, walked around the accident scene seemingly disoriented and getting in the way of rescue workers until police officers arrived.

Students watched as Connor was given a field sobriety test by KCSO.

Upon failing the test, he was handcuffed and escorted from the scene while his classmates were loaded into ambulances.


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