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DUI wreck tragedy re-enacted at NUHS

The sorrow and expense of an alcohol-caused fatal crash will be played out in detail Thursday.

Nevada Union High School students will see two lumps of twisted metal on the football field. Firefighters, police and a towing crew will be there, and a helicopter and ambulance will take the injured students to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

A dead student will be hauled off in a mortuary van, and the student’s parents will receive a death notice. One student will get arrested for driving under the influence and get booked at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

Although just a re-enactment, California Highway Patrol spokesman Troy Marks hopes it has impact.

“They’re going for shock value is what they’re doing,” he said.

The Thursday and Friday event is Nevada County’s first of its kind and is modeled after a Chico Police Department program started in 1995.

The program, which will be held at Bear River High School next year, is called “Every 15 Minutes” – drunken driving’s death rate, according to Marks.

“What we’ve found up until this point is making these kids watch videos and giving them pamphlets doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s more tangible to see and feel and experience, and hopefully that will get through.”

Planning by numerous agencies started in August.

Every 15 minutes, the Grim Reaper will pull a student out of class, and an officer will read the student’s obituary. Students will be sequestered overnight at Snow Mountain Camp, outside Nevada City, and write letters to their parents. Victims of DUI will also speak.

Friday, “the living dead,” as Marks called them, will return to Ali Gym for a school assembly along with bagpipe music, a video and guest speakers.

Pliocene High School in Pike City held a similar program last month. Of the 60 people in attendance at the end, about eight shared personal tragedies.

“How many people were affected by DUI was just amazing,” Marks said.

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