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Mock crash points out seriousness of distracted driving

April 19, 2013

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Smithton R-6 High School students witnessed a mock car crash staged on campus Friday morning. A wide variety of agencies were involved in the production, which stressed the dangers of drinking or texting while driving.  Actors were used to portray the victims.

Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond, Pettis County Coroner Skip Smith and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper spoke to the students at the conclusion of the simulated crash at Sassafras and East Smith Street. Smith told of his own head-on collision experience that occurred a few years ago, and the subsequent 19 surgeries he has had to endure since then.

Also involved were Air Evac, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Pettis County Coroner’s Office, Pettis County Fire Department and the Smithton Fire Department.

The event, last held at Smithton four years ago, was organized by Skip Smith, Ben Banner and the Smithton FCCLA. Michelle Crooker is the FCCA advisor. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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