High school seniors got a sobering reality check on Monday as they watched staged carnage, caused by a drunk driver, unfold.
The Every 15 Minutes Program, which aims to prevent tragedies caused by impaired driving, worked with local law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel as well as Madera South High School to put on the hour-long mock accident scene on campus.
About 600 seniors watched friends and classmates killed, injured and arrested, in the parking lot by the school’s tennis courts. A tarp was drawn, revealing the wreckage of two cars and a bicycle.
In the staged scene, 17-year-old Andrew Alvarez was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was accompanied by Greg Rodriguez, 19, in the front passenger seat and Jenny Ocegueda, 17, in the back seat. Alvarez crashed into a car driven by Amy Potter, 18. Potter was driving with Taylor Beakes, 18, sitting in the front passenger seat. Ariel Shepard, 18, was riding the bicycle...