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Drinking & Driving Disaster

Saturday January 25,2003 at 12:30 a.m., a student at my school along with another student from a different school, died as a result of an automobile accident. He was only 17 years old and she was only 15.

The accident occurrred in the 1600 block of South 10th Street of where I live. A trained EMT that lived near by the accident scene, was on the phone with a friend when she heard the crash. Coatless and shoeless she ran outside to assist the victims while the Fire Department was on their way.

The car had five people in it when it went out of control and smashed into a utility pole in the residential neighborhood. The street which the driver was on had a speed limit of 25mph but the driver decided to drive 100mph instead.

The driver,*Jon Doe*, was under the influence of alcohol while driving the car. Thanks to police, *Jon's* blood was drawn and sent to the state crime lab to be analyzed. Because of his drinking and driving, he is facing two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a moter vehicle, two counts of injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehichle and one count of operating a vehicle after license revocation.

After police investigation, they found that only one of the passengers was wearing a seat belt and was seated in the front passenger seat. Reports indicated that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when *Jon* lost control, causing the car to skid sideways for about 134 feet before striking the utility pole, tearing the vehicle in half.

When word of what had happened got out, it wasn't long before our school was in mourning. Friends and family created memorials at the scene of the crash. Silence filled the hallways of our school as flowers and pictures were placed on his locker to remember him and the joys he brought to his friends and family and school.

I remember when some students and teachers were first told of the accident, nothing could've prepared any of us for that day. Friends would cry and some have nervous breakdowns. Our guidance counselors had to be put on call all day to help students through this hard time.

Because *Jon Doe* decided it would be cool to drive drunk at a fast speed, two young lives were taken. In writing this article and to those of you who read it, I plea with you to please think of what damage you can do when you drink and drive. Don't be stupid because you can end up taking your life or the lives of others just like *Jon Doe* did my friends.
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