State Farm, Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr Rehab, local first responders from Malvern and Willistown Township, the Chester County Coroners office, and Jefferson Stat emergency services staged a mock crash on Monday, April 11, to starkly illustrate the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. Juniors and seniors from Villa Maria and Devon Prep attended the event.
The scene dramatized a crash caused by drunk driving, with students playing the parts of injured and deceased passengers and drivers. Police administered a field sobriety test to the driver who caused the accident, 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, while an actress from the Media Theatre shook up the audience with her portrayal of the distraught mother of one of the “dead” passengers. 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 Bobby Bisignaro on behalf of Bryn Mawr Rehab’s Cruisin’ not Boozin’ program. Mr. Bisignaro shared his experience with brain and other injuries as a victim of a serious drunk driving crash. He spoke frankly about his own past abuse of alcohol and drugs in high school, and bore witness to its harmful effects.