WEST NEWBURY — The West Newbury, Groveland and Merrimac police and fire departments conducted a simulated fatal motor vehicle crash in front the junior and senior classes at Pentucket Regional High School today to demonstrate the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
On Monday, May 15, at 1 p.m., students gathered outside to observe a mock crash between two vehicles — the result of one operator driving while under the influence of alcohol. Police and fire arrived on scene to find one of the victims outside of the vehicle, who was pronounced dead on scene. Firefighters then worked to extricate passengers from the vehicles, who were played by students in the Pentucket Regional High School’s Safety & Public Service Academy and Pentucket Arts Academy.
Police officers conducted a field sobriety test on the driver and then placed him under arrest after determining he was intoxicated. Massachusetts State Police Trooper Matthew Routhier also arrived on scene to investigate the crash.
Atlantic Ambulance transported injured students, while a hearse from Paul C. Rodgers & Sons Funeral Homes picked up the victim who was pronounced dead.
Following the demonstration, students gathered in the school auditorium for a debriefing where they were given the opportunity to ask fire and police officials questions.
About the Innovation Academies at Pentucket Regional High School:
Innovation Academies (like the Pentucket Safety & Public Service Academy) offer students unique learning opportunities not found in most schools. The programs allow students to take highly specialized courses in their area of interest, learning both in the classroom and community. Students work with staff to develop connections between their area of interest and their post high school, college and career plans.