The “Mock Crash” program came to Calvert High School with the Chesapeake Region Safety Council, Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office, Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, and Maryland State Police Barrack “U”.
Each year, Calvert High School’s Criminal Justice Students, led by Dawn Lister enact a crash scene as a reminder to fellow students of the outcomes from risky driving behaviors. This year’s program portrayed the risks associated with unbelted passengers, the synergy of impairment by cannabis and alcohol, and the damage that can happen in a typical rear end crash when excessive speed is involved.
Additional Partners that were on the scene were Calvert High School Criminal Justice Students, St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department, Prince Frederick Rescue Squad, Calvert Control Center, APlus Towing, Calvert County Public Schools, Rausch Funeral Home, Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department and Calvert High School Drama Students.
The funding for the program was provided by Chesapeake Region Safety Council.
The crash scene was presented to Calvert High School Juniors. Sheriff Mike Evans reminded the students of the need to make good choices on the road and the risks that can occur when they do not. His comments included the statement that “knocking on a door to tell parents that their teen was involved in a serious crash is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, and that goes for all law enforcement”.
Detective Bill Rector read the following: “This crash scene portrays a driver and her passengers (the Nissan Maxima) that are trying to catch up to friends travelling in victim’s vehicle (the Honda Passport). They are heading east on Dares Beach Road. The At-fault driver is reckless, passing at much higher than appropriate speeds on shoulder, 911 calls are made by other drivers. The Passport stops at the intersection of Dares Beach Road (MD. 402) and Wilson Road, preparing to make a left turn onto Wilson Road.”
“The at-fault driver of the Nissan Maxima fails to slow down and hits the Honda Passport vehicle in the rear. The Maxima has an uninjured buckled driver and an ejected unbuckled front seat passenger that is deceased on the roadway (EMS/Fire/LE – be careful pulling up). The Passport has three occupants, the front two are buckled and the rear seat passenger is not.”
Debbie Jennings of the Chesapeake Region Safety Council notes that “this crash scene was developed to accurately reflect the factors that Calvert County young drivers face most often. Their crash types are most often rear-end collisions on state roadways, coming home after school or in the early evening hours. We wanted to show what happens if they choose to include speed, impairment and lack of seat belt use and a crash occurs.”
Following the outside program, Andrew Rappaport, Calvert County’s State’s Attorney, law enforcement officers from Maryland State Police and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office answered questions from the students as to the penalties the driver would face and how impairment would be recognized for marijuana. Dr. Janet Bahouth of Impact Research presented on the physics of the crash scene they just saw, with explicit detail of why the injuries occurred to the deceased that was ejected through the windshield and the unbuckled passenger that hit the headrest behind the driver. Kyle Gimbel, a young man that frequently works with Maryland Shock Trauma’s program also presented on the details of his impaired driving crash and how he still suffers with cognitive and physical issues.
Photos provided by Debbie Jennings by way of Ron Bailey. Enjoy the picture gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon