NHS students get show-and-tell on dangers
of drunk driving
By Lenny Roberts
Passersby at Nordhoff High School
Wednesday did double-takes at three Ojai Life Line ambulances
and a Sheriff's patrol unit surrounding two "crashed"
vehicles in a simulated fatal traffic collision in the school's
Maricopa Highway parking lot.
Both vehicles, donated for the staged event by Adamson's Towing,
were actually involved in recent area injury accidents. In this
simulated display, one teen was "booked" for driving
under the influence with possible vehicular manslaughter charges
The lesson, produced by NHS seniors Jennifer Good and Ally Taylor,
was to warn NHS students of the dangers of driving while intoxicated
all the time, not just on graduation night.
"The only real way to prevent this, other than lecturing,
is to show them the real effects," Taylor said.
The real effects included fake
blood splattered throughout the interior of both cars, and on
the participants, seniors Danilo Barillas, Raquel Bernaldo and
Heather Letvinchuck, each of whom positioned themselves in the
crumpled vehicles as school officer Bud McCracken summoned an
awaiting group of paramedics on his radio.
When rescuers arrived, they pronounced the victim portrayed by
Barillas dead, while the others sustained moderate-to-severe
Ryan Fragale, who portrayed the drunk-driving teen, sustained,
as many times is the case, only minor injuries.
"Even though I planned this, it's really scary seeing my
friend Danilo inside that car," Good said.
The event was staged by Good and Taylor as their senior advanced
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resource officer Bud McCracken administers a field sobriety test
to Ryan Fragale before "booking" him for DUI in the
staged fatal traffic collision Wednesday morning as Ojai Life
Line paramedics prepare to extract a dead victim, portrayed by