Posted on Apr 30, 2010

Teens at East Dubuque High School in Illinois were given a performance that was meant to shock and sadden them.  The mock crash involved four seniors who were on their way to prom.  The performance showed the driver drinking and then getting into a head-on collision.  The mock crash ended in jail for the driver, serious injuries for two passengers and death for the other.

The event concluded with a casket being placed by the gym, dedicated to the deceased teen.  Organizers and students at the high school are glad that the crash affected many who watched.  Students admit that many of the people they know already drink and drive.  They hope that the message sent on the day before prom hits home.

Keith Hayes, a participant in the "crash" believes that the event was a success.

"I teared up," said Hayes. "Chance is my best friend, and fake killing him is hard enough, I don't even want to think about the real thing.  It's a good thing (that students got emotional), we were trying to get to them and we did.  We did our job."

At the end of the assembly students were given a treat with a serious message.  A candy bar was wrapped in a package with the following statistics:

"Between 2004 and 2007, 575 Illinois teen crash fatalities have occurred, and every 22 minutes a person dies in an alcohol related accident."


The staff and attorneys at Hupy & Abraham hope that the mock car accident helps students make the right choice before getting behind the wheel.