WAHS?mock crash program delivers heavy message

With prom season upon us and graduation right around the corner, the Williamsport Area High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, in cooperation with a number of community agencies, delivered a heavy message on the dangers of drinking and driving to the student body this morning by conducting a mock DUI crash program.

While the “crash scene” itself was streamed live to students from the parking lot to the auditorium, it was accompanied by a series of previously filmed footage, featuring WAHS students, at the hospital, morgue, DUI Center and Lycoming County Prison to show the reality and fatal consequences of such an event.

The two-hour program was aimed for students in grades 9 to 12, and featured a live court scene of the perpetrator’s sentencing on stage with Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio and District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt.

SADD and Drama Club students Sam Engel, Chris Kinley, Kayla Schneider and Zane Wagner participated as the actors in the event. Wagner played the lead as the drunk driver, while Kinley and Engel acted as the injured. Schneider played the role of the deceased.

This year’s program was built with the help of the following businesses and organizations: Lycoming County Coroner’s Office; the city’s emergency response teams; Susquehanna Health; Aikey’s Body Shop; and Knight-Confer Funeral Home Inc. Additionally, Wegmans, Weis Food Markets and Round World Coffee helped sponsor the event.