MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Students in Massapequa went through a rare and sobering experience Wednesday, as the football field was turned into the scene of a simulated deadly drunken driving accident.
As CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported, the demonstration at Massapequa High School left the crowd speechless, and some were in tears. The would-be victims were the students’ peers.
In the scenario, a two-car crash on Long Island has left a student dead on the windshield of a car. Another vehicle was left on its side, with teenagers trapped, and nearby, the would-be drunken driver was seen staggering through a field sobriety test.
“Oh my God!” said a man playing the victim’s father. “Shannon, what happened? Where’s her boyfriend? Why’s he in cuffs?”
The man lunges at the drunken driver as he figures out what happened.
“You killed my daughter! What did you do?” he yells.
A student playing a parent spoke about the unexpected emotional impact.
“If something happened to my friends, I would be beside myself,” the student said. “So that’s really what happened was, I was just beside myself. It was real.”