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Lakeville Car Crash

A mock car crash at Lakeville North High School May 5 provided an eye-opening visual of the tragedy that can occur when driving distracted or under the influence. A mock car crash at Lakeville North High School May 5 showed the tragedy that can occur when driving distracted or under the influence. Juniors and seniors flooded the hill connecting the student and staff parking lots, many sitting on blankets with arms wrapped around one another as they watched the “crash” unfold. James Backstrom, Dakota County attorney, kicked off the event with a warning filled with statistics about the dangers of alcohol and drug-impaired driving as well as distracted driving. “What you are about to see is real life, and in fact, happens all too frequently. Thirty-seven people die every day in America as a result of an alcohol or drug-impaired or distracted driver,” Backstrom said. “The simple fact of the matter is that drunk driving, and impaired driving and distracted driving kill and cripple more people than any other crime in our nation.” When Backstrom was done speaking to the students, a loud crash followed by screaming sounded over speakers and the event began. The simulated crash scene involved a car driven by an intoxicated high schooler carrying three other students from post-prom festivities. They collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle carrying a dad, mom and young child. The child was flung from the SUV, unresponsive on the pavement next to the SUV, the mom moderately injured and the dad sustained minor injuries but was able to get out of the SUV. In the car carrying the suspected impaired driver and the other students, the front passenger was ejected through the windshield and unresponsive lying on the hood of the car. Two injured young women were in the backseat, unable to escape. The driver was able to get out of the car and had minor injuries. Taber Akin, Eastview Elementary principal and a district chief of the Lakeville Fire Department, and Lakeville Police Officer Andy Hentges, narrated as the scene unfolded. During the demonstration, Lakeville police, Lakeville firefighters, emergency personnel and Minnesota State Patrol responded, arriving in a flurry of emergency vehicles. The “impaired driver” — who was also found with “marijuana” — was arrested, and the injured were treated and put into ambulances. One critically injured teen was retrieved by a North Memorial Air Care helicopter and the dead — a child and one teenager — were loaded into a hearse and van from White Funeral Home. A critically injured “victim” is loaded into a North Memorial Air Care helicopter during the Friday, May 5 mock car crash at Lakeville North High School. Many students discussed how the event made them feel, including how it brought them to tears. “It was really moving. They did a good job of showing the effects of distracted driving — kids our age think they’re invincible, but they’re not,” said Kaleigh Forbes, a LNHS senior who put the makeup on the actors. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesota teenagers, primarily due to inexperience behind the wheel, poor seat belt use, and risk-taking behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving as well as alcohol and drug use. “Be smart and be careful. This could happen to anyone,” said Chris Earles, LNHS student council president and the “intoxicated driver” in this mock accident. “This is what needed to be seen by our student body. You don’t think of these choices and how they’ll affect other lives until you see it play out.” LNHS senior Maya Saatzer had some advice for her peers. “Don’t drive distracted. Just drive and get there,” said Saatzer. “You have to realize you’re impacting others’ lives, it’s not just your life on the road.” After the hearses departed, three chairs with boys’ clothing draped over them were set out. Connie and Nathan Backstrom spoke to the teens about the day their world came crashing down. On Oct. 10, 2004, three of their five sons — Matthew, 20; Jacob, 17; and Justin, 16 — died after an intoxicated driver hit their car head-on just outside Farmington. The Backstrom boys had left home to run a quick errand at a nearby Wal-Mart. On their way back, they were hit and killed by 22-year-old Boe Barlage, who was drunk and on his cellphone at the time of the crash. He was convicted in 2005 for three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide, and was sentenced to eight years in prison. “I look at you and see incredible potential,” Connie told LNHS students. “But, your choices matter, and there are consequences for the choices we make.” “You need to decide — what is more important to you? Alcohol and drugs or the people in your life, school and community?” said Nathan. “What kinds of choices will you make for this weekend? The prom? The rest of the year? The rest of your life? The choice is yours.” Both Lakeville North and Lakeville South high schools participate in the mock car crash and take turns hosting the event, said Lisa Holien, District Student Services coordinator, who co-led this event with Judy Johnson, district and community prevention specialist. Among the actors were members of the school’s SADD chapter, local SiebenCarey personal injury attorney Art Kosieradzki, and Pam McNutt, Community Education enrichment coordinator.  “I have a passion for preventing what we can so people don’t have these incredible losses in their lives,” Holien said. ← LSHS students recognized at statewide French speaking contest Zilge named a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year →
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Lakeville Car Crash

Lakeville, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fiery fatal crash along Route 140 in Lakeville Saturday evening.Shortly after 6:00 p.m. State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 140 northbound in Lakeville which resulted in the death of the operator.Preliminary investigation by Trooper Brent Pereira indicates that a man was traveling on Route 140 northbound in a 2015 Ford Transit van when, for reasons still under investigation, he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to rollover and crash. Following the crash, the vehicle caught fire and the operator and sole occupant was entrapped. Several concerned motorists were able to free him and rendered emergency medical aid.The operator, identified as 61-year-old Frederick Maxfield of East Freetown, Massachusetts was transported to Morton Hospital in Taunton where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section. State Police were assisted on scene by Lakeville Fire and EMS, Freetown Police, and MassDOT.
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Lakeville Car Crash

Taber Akin, Eastview Elementary principal and a district chief of the Lakeville Fire Department, and Lakeville Police Officer Andy Hentges, narrated as the scene unfolded. During the demonstration, Lakeville police, Lakeville firefighters, emergency personnel and Minnesota State Patrol responded, arriving in a flurry of emergency vehicles. The “impaired driver” — who was also found with “marijuana” — was arrested, and the injured were treated and put into ambulances. One critically injured teen was retrieved by a North Memorial Air Care helicopter and the dead — a child and one teenager — were loaded into a hearse and van from White Funeral Home.
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Lakeville Car Crash

Leslie, the Lakeville sheriff, said it could be months before the investigation into the incident and reconstruction of the crash is complete and any speculation on criminal charges is premature. But he urged others in the meantime to think about more routine hazards than Nerf wars.
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Lakeville Car Crash

Lakeville schools superintendent Lisa Snyder said the deaths of the two teens has deeply affected the community as well as friends and families. After the crash, students voluntarily decided to discontinue playing Nerf wars. “And to our knowledge, they have not resumed playing it,” she said.
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Lakeville Car Crash

Johnny Price and Jake Flynn were star athletes at Lakeville South High School. They died after the truck they and two other students were in rolled over on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
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Lakeville Car Crash

Elizabeth Barnes, a 17-year-old senior at Lakeville South, wrote the song called “Your Name” before the accident.  She didn’t write it about her boyfriend, Johnny Price. But messages on social media show many people see it as a tribute to the two young men and a way to remember them.
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Lakeville Car Crash

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Lakeville South High School students Jacob Flynn, 17, and John Price, 18, were killed Dec. 4 after the driver of the vehicle apparently veered off course and overcorrected. A witness said the vehicle rolled three to four times and the two teens were ejected. The 17-year-old driver was seriously injured. An 18-year-old student, who was the only one wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries.
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The simulated crash scene involved a car driven by an intoxicated high schooler carrying three other students from post-prom festivities. They collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle carrying a dad, mom and young child. The child was flung from the SUV, unresponsive on the pavement next to the SUV, the mom moderately injured and the dad sustained minor injuries but was able to get out of the SUV.

Published on May 29, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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