MOUNT VERNON — Homecoming at Mount Vernon High School might still be a week away (Oct. 14), but students in Martha Melick’s Career & College Readiness class and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members have taken the lead in using the time to remind their fellow students of the perils of texting while driving. They have planned an entire week of activities to inspire other teens to not text and drive, especially during homecoming.
On Monday, they staged a mock crash in the grass across from the seniors’ parking lot. As sophomores and juniors surrounded the wreck, which was provided by Jeff Hyatt, they saw the car’s driver, Joe Duffy, splayed across the hood of the car in a pool of blood, and discovered Lee Miller sitting injured in the passenger seat. Miller had his seat belt on. Duffy had not. Also on scene were placards with chilling facts about texting and driving, such as, one in four accidents is caused by distracted driving.
Narrator Ashton Spurgeon said Duffy and Miller were playing loud music and having fun driving the back roads when Duffy got a text from his mother. As he picked up his phone to text back, the car hit a pothole and veered to the side. Duffy overcorrected into oncoming traffic with fatal results.
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