By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
FREDERICKTOWN - A mock crash's aftermath was staged at Fredericktown High School Tuesday afternnoon. FPD Patrolman Ronny Flynn organized the event over several months saying the event was put on during prom week to focus on distracted driving. The event was designed to make young drivers aware of what could happen when they are not focused on driving, while they are drivng.
The "crash" involved three vehicles. Two "students" were killed as well as two "teachers." Firefighters, EMS, two medical helicopters, the county coroner and funeral home personnel were among those participating in the effort to drive the safety message home to the students.
Crews work to remove victims during a mock crash staged at Fredericktown HS Tuesday afternoon - KP Photo by Marty Trese
Trooper Jeremy Ranalli of the Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was the announcer for the event. He said, "We want you to be aware that this is what can happen. There is no text message that is more important than keeping your eyes on the road"
FHS Superintendent Matt Chrispin told the students, "Nothing is more sobering in May in school than to deal with a student's death."
FHS freshman student Cierra Nuttall, 15, said, "[The event] was very emotional. I'm not driving yet but when I do I'm going to pay attention."