Goliad High School puts on mock drunk driving wreck
May 19, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.
GOLIAD - A teenage girl lies in a pool of blood off the side of the road. Another is dead, charred in the passenger seat of a burned vehicle that was struck by a drunken driver.
"What's going to happen to my son," screams one distraught mother, as a Department of Public Safety trooper escorts her drunken son into the back of the patrol car.
The mock drunken driving scene was too much to handle for bystander Lauren Edison, a sophomore at Goliad High School.
Lauren broke down crying as she saw her mother screaming for her older brother, Sergio Edison, a junior playing the part of the drunken driver in the high school's Shattered Dreams production.
The production involves a wreck, a funeral and a court hearing and sentencing, all which happen over the course of three days.
"It's crazy," Lauren said as she wiped tears from her eyes. "I didn't know my brother could act like that."
"Stuff like that can happen so unexpectedly," chimed in Lauren's friend, Shana Elliott, also a sophomore.
The three-day mock drunken driving case is put on every four years and is as realistic as any wreck scene.
The call comes in over the police scanner, the fire department puts out the blaze, the paramedics and DPS work to revive and transport those involved in the wreck.
The actors who don't die at the scene are taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro, where the mock story continues.
"This is a time of the year where we are concerned about safety for all of the young students," said program coordinator Dr. Dan Garza, dentist at Goliad Dental Care, which sponsors the event.
The event is held every four years so that a new cycle of high school students will be able to participate and witness the production.
A video team from Austin was hired this year to document and produce the film so it could be shown to students during the time a production is not made, he said.
As the entire school stood behind barricades watching the aftermath of the wreck unfold, Kelsey Gernandt stood at the back, looking away, crying and being consoled by friends.
Her childhood friend, Megan Daughtrey, 16, of Goliad, was killed in a car wreck in April while on her way to work.
Though her wreck was not a result of drunken driving, watching paramedics work the wreck and its victims was enough to make her cry.
"I had grown up with her since kindergarten," Kelsey said crying. "It's shocking. I picture her (Megan) being in that situation."
Kelsey's friend Clay Bake, a sophomore, stayed close by, consoling her.
"I think this helps prove a point," Clay said.