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DUI reenactment shows life can change in an instant

  • Written by text and photos by Woodinville Weekly staff

With prom, graduation and summer festivities approaching, emergency responders want to remind teenagers that life can change in an instant.

Woodinville Police deputy and school resource officer Benjamin Callahan coordinated a true-to-life reenactment of a DUI accident in the Woodinville High School parking lot Friday morning. Woodinville Police, Woodinville Fire & Rescue, Airlift Northwest, Redmond Medic One and Washington State Patrol officers were all on site to show WHS seniors what could happen with “one bad choice.”

The scenario included two vehicles, one with three passengers and one with four. In the four-person vehicle, responders assessed two passengers with minor injuries, one with critical and one with serious injuries. The driver needed to be airlifted as he required immediate surgery. It took about 30 minutes for a helicopter to arrive on scene.

In the car with three people, the front passenger was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene. A rear-seat passenger had serious head injuries. The driver claimed to have had “a couple of beers and smoked some weed.” He was arrested and faced multiple charges: under-age drinking, vehicular homicide and several counts of vehicular assault. The drill was recorded by WHS students and shown on closed circuit television to the rest of the student body reinforcing the life-changing effects of one bad choice.

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