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Students shocked into silence during drunk driving program

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“She kept saying this can’t be happening, this can’t be happening. And she wanted to die.”

Michelle Stearns, 32, was just one of a number of speakers Tuesday inside a Madera South High School gymnasium packed with nearly 1300 junior and senior students as part of the school’s Every 15 Minutes drunk driving awareness program.

A Central California Women’s Facility of Chowchilla inmate for the past six years, Stearns described a horrific tale of a woman who went to a restaurant with a friend, had too many drinks, got behind the wheel, and slammed into a bicyclist which caused his death.

She described the agony, the self-loathing, the depression this woman still felt as the students listened intently; a heavy blanket of silence covered the darkened room...


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