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A fatal, head-on car accident in Brimfield this morning killed two teens and injured several others.
Fortunately, it was a mock accident staged by Field and Suffield fire departments, Brimfield Police Department and State Highway Patrol in partnership with the Teen Institute group at Field High School. The "accident" was staged on the grounds of Field High School.
Suffield Fire Capt. Matt Moulton said the event was part of the school's Prom Promise program, in which students pledge not to drink and drive or make other poor choices, such as texting and driving, when heading out to the prom Saturday night.
A group of students from Teen Institute, a group Field High School student Sidney Parker said is dedicated to fighting drug and alcohol use and distracted driving, portrayed injured and killed teens who were heading to prom when they were involved in a head-on collision, Moulton said.
"We are going to place them in the cars, and they are going to play victims," Moulton said.
One driver was drinking and driving; the other was texting and driving, and both were charged.
Moulton said the event was spearheaded by Field High School student Ryan Evans, who is training as a junior firefighter.
"The high school students pretty much set this up on their own," Moulton said. "They made all the phone calls."
Ryan said the purpose of the event is to get students to think about their decisions on prom night before choosing to drink and drive or text and drive.
In addition to the fire, police and students, David Harmon, an investigator with the Portage County Coroner's Office, participated as well as Dawn Densmore, who portrayed a distraught mother of one of the deceased passengers.
There were plans for UH's MedEvac helicopter team to participate, as well, but the cloud ceiling was too low.
"These kids really went above and beyond," said Moulton, adding the assembly included a video students produced setting the scene by showing the students preparing to leave their homes, taking pictures and picking each other up.
Field High School's prom takes place Saturday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.
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