Mock Crash Illustrates Dangers of Distracted Driving

Villa Maria and Malvern Prep staged a “mock crash” on Villa’s campus today to bring to life the consequences of impaired and distracted driving. Student actors dramatized a crash caused by drunk driving, with Malvern and Willistown police, Jefferson Stat emergency services, Malvern Fire and Rescue, and the Chester County Coroner’s Office responding to the scene. Police administered a field sobriety test to the driver, and then placed him under arrest. Two students were extracted from the vehicle, with the rescue squad cutting the roof off of one of the cars. Two more students were pronounced “dead” at the scene, with actresses from The Media Theatre playing their distraught mothers. Jefferson Stat landed their helicopter on the hockey field, and students were taken away on stretchers.

After the mock crash, students from both schools assembled in the auditorium for a talk given by Christie Reinhardt on behalf of Bryn Mawr Rehab’s Cruisin’ not Boozin’ program. Ms. Reinhardt shared her experiences as a victim of a serious drunk driving crash, and spoke frankly about situations and decisions all the students will face.

Thank you to State Farm and Main Line Health for sponsoring today’s dramatic event. Thank you as well to  Malvern Prep, Paoli Hospital, Malvern and Willistown police, Jefferson Stat emergency services, Malvern Fire and Rescue, the Chester County Coroner’s Office, and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. Thank you to K. Whitney Rogers and Marla Horn from The Media Theatre, who played the parts of the moms. Rogers also did the dramatic make-up for the actors.