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KENLY — North Johnston High School’s JoCo Teen Drivers chapter and theater arts class staged a mock crash scene March 25 in the fieldhouse parking lot on campus.
The simulation illustrated the dangers of drunken driving, distracted driving and driving without wearing a seat belt.
Assisting in the production of the scene were Mike’s Paint and Body Shop of Kenly, which provided the crashed vehicle along with the Kenly, Micro and Bethany fire departments, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County EMS and N.C. Highway Patrol.
JoCo Teen Drivers student leaders Will Stallings, Ashley Narron, Dante Scarborough, Xiamara Rodriguez, Sable Wright and Curtis Morris planned the simulation and approached Principal Ben Williams for support.
With prom, spring break and graduation season approaching, students wanted to remind their peers to drive safely.
“The students met and exceeded my expectations,” Williams said. “I am very proud of them.”
North Johnston teacher and JoCo Teen Drivers sponsor Thomas Garrou enlisted the theater arts I class, including Trey Allen, Jillian Dinisi, Ian Runyon, Breanna Holloman and Abby Delbridge, to portray the driver, passengers and narrator.
Parent and North Johnston graduate Michelle Pitts portrayed the grieving mother.
Sonya Kiser, theater teacher, wrote the script and theater student Breanna Holloman designed and implemented the realistic make-up.
Four current students who are also members of area fire departments — Jamison Clifton, Hunter Hodge, Jacob Williams and Kyle McLerory — attended to the mock victims alongside their veteran colleagues at the scene.
Williams introduced Deputy Millie Bailey, North Johnston’s school resource officer. Bailey detailed the death of her husband, William Grey Bailey, which occurred four years ago as he was working alongside a highway under construction.
Grey Bailey was killed by a driver who was under the influence of drugs, his wife said.
The crash scene was followed by emergency, fire, and trooper response, CPR, triage, extrication of victims, driver arrest, death notification of family and a gathering at a roadside cross.
Following completion of the scene, Williams introduced North Johnston graduate and teacher David Anderson, who shared his story of making two bad decisions at age 18 just a few weeks after graduation.
Anderson said his decision to not wear a seat belt and to turn in front of another driver led to his paralysis from the chest down.
He reminded students how split-second decisions can affect the rest of their lives.
The wrecked vehicle and the cross were to remain in the parking lot the entire week prior to the prom as a reminder of all that students witnessed and learned.
JoCo Teen Drivers members attended the group’s annual luncheon March 26.