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SHS students discover dire consequences of drunk driving during Wednesday scenario

The entire Sherwood High School student body watches a vivid 45-minute traffic accident simulation involving a young driver


by: COURTESY OF TVF&R - Emergency personnel wheel out a victim of a mock traffic collision involving a drunk student driver.
Sherwood High School students got a graphic view of the consequences of drinking and driving Wednesday morning during a simulated traffic accident that pulled out all the stops.

The scenario, part of the S.K.I.D. (Stops Kids Intoxicated Driving) program, involved a drunken student driver and his sober passenger running a light at Highway 99W and Meinecke Road, colliding with another vehicle. The teen passenger, who is not wearing a seatbelt, is killed instantly after being thrown through the windshield, according to Lt. Timothy Nokes, a public affairs officer with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

Other students from both vehicles, which were placed on the athletic field track, are injured as well and a victim from the second vehicle must be cut from the wreckage. Life Flight then arrives to transport one of the trauma victims.by: COURTESY OF TVF&R - Sherwood Police Captain Mark Daniel (foreground) uses LIDaR, an optical sensing technology device, to measure crash distances during Wednesday's simulated accident as Life Flight lands in the background.

Events happen quickly with another group of Sherwood High School students coming upon the accident and recognizing the dead student. Police, fire and ambulance personnel all arrive at the scene. Sherwood police then arrest the drunk teen driver, said Nokes.

From there, the medical examiner arrives and has to tell the teen’s parents about his death with the teen’s body eventually placed in a body bag and then loaded into an awaiting hearse. The distraught parents then react.

“Several students could be seen crying in the stands as they were affected by the dramatic events,” said Nokes. “The event lasted about 45 minutes, and was attended by the entire student body.”

by: COURTESY OF TVF&R - Captain Mark Daniel ensures that Life Flight has enough room to land on the athletic film during a simulated fatal accident at Sherwood High School Wednesday.
The program included personnel from TVF&R, Sherwood Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Metro West Ambulance, Life Flight Network, Washington County Medical Examiner’s office, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911) and the Sherwood School District.



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