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FHS mock crash shows the very real consequences to drinking and driving

The scene outside Farmington High School was somber Thursday morning as FHS juniors and seniors took in the scene of a mock crash.

The premise of the mock crash was that of a head-on, two car accident caused by a drunk driver who was taking a carload of friends to Prom. Over the next hour, teens watched the scene play out, from just after the impact to when the last victim was loaded into a hearse.

The 2012 mock crash was a project of the new Sober Squad. All victims and the drunk driver were student and faculty actors from Farmington High School. Retired Farmington school resource officer Ted Dau narrated the event.

Several agencies responded as part of the mock crash, including the Farmington police and fire departments, Allina Ambulance, the Minnesota State Patrol, North Memorial air transport, and White Funeral Home.

The event is staged on a bi-annual basis to remind high school students of the consequences that come from driving after drinking alcohol or using drugs.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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