MOCK DRILL – fatal scene shows VHS students the dangers of DUI and texting while driving

MOCK DRILL-New Kensington High School – Staged Event.

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New Kensington, Pa. – Students at Valley High School witnessed a mock (DUI-Texting) crash on Monday morning at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the school aimed at teaching students what can happen as a result of making a bad choice while driving.

Presented by the the New Kensington Bureau of Fire, along with the New Kensington Police Department, New Kensington Ambulance Service, Westmoreland County Coroners Office, Cardaro Funeral Home, and LifeFlight medical services staged the MOCK DRILL to bring further awareness to students as they approach the driving age or get into a vehicle where the operator is impaired DUI or is texting while driving.


© Images & Video Copyright Lowes Computers | Photojournalist |Paul R. Lowes | AKVNEWS.COM

© Images & Video Copyright Lowes Computers | Photojournalist |Paul R. Lowes | AKVNEWS.COM

The MOCK scene took on a real life scenario after one vehicle collides with another in a t-bone style crash and a female passenger is partially ejected from the vehicle through the front windshield. The MOCK female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office.

Two other students sustained serious injuries in the MOCK crash and had to be extricated from the vehicles by New Kensington firefighters using the jaws of life.

New Kensington Police Sgt. Paul Manke instructed the driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser to undergo a field sobriety test after an empty can of beer was placed on the roof of the car. That driver failed the sobriety tests and was MOCK handcuffed at the scene and placed in a police unit for transport to jail.

A front seat passenger in the PT Cruiser was extricated out the driver’s side door and placed on a backboard, then transferred to an awaiting LifeFlight crew for air-medical transport to a trauma center.

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School Resource Officer Joe Locke explained the seriousness of DUI/Texting while driving and the consequences fire and rescue crews are faced with when a serious crash occurs.

New Kensington First Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. stressed to the 11th and 12th grade students how precious life is and to always make good decisions. Chief Saliba gave accolades to his fire fighters and EMS for the work that they do in saving lives.

These are all volunteers, said Saliba. After the event Chief Saliba said he was approached by a couple individuals asking questions on how to become involved in their local fire department.

A special thanks goes out to New Kensington Company #3 Lieutenant and Paramedic Eddie Saliba, along with several other individuals who worked hard to coordinate all the services needed to make the MOCK event a success.

Additional photos will post to Wednesday, November 7.