Students at Illini Central High School will experience a crash reenactment given by the Mason County Coroner and Mason County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, October 9 at 1:00 pm at Illini Central High School. ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, will assist in planning and presenting the event. The reenactment will focus on what can happen when young drivers drive or ride with distracted or impaired drivers.
At the event, emergency personnel normally summoned after a car crash will simulate their tasks, followed by guest speakers. Those involved in planning and implementing the event include Illini Central High School faculty, administration and students, Mason County Coroner, Mott and Henning Funeral Home, P.C., Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Mason City and County Police and Fire Departments, Mason City Ambulance, Mason District Hospital, Thurber Towing, Audio Techni Services in Springfield, Saints Flight in Springfield and SIU School of Medicine ThinkFirst program. Guest speakers will include Justin Donovan Asst. Chief Mason City Police Dept-Narrator, Mike Hurley-Mason County Coroner, Steven Burgett-Mason Co. Sheriff’s Office and Jim Allmon-Sangamon County Chief Deputy Coroner. “The purpose of the crash reenactment program is to show the real-life consequences of risk-taking behaviors,” says Nancy Kyrouac, MPH, Director of ThinkFirst. “This event illustrates what can happen when a bad decision is made. We want students to be informed and make intelligent decisions, particularly behind the wheel of a car.” Each year 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries and 12,000 to 20,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the United States; one-third happen to people between the ages of 15 and 24. “The tragedy is most of these injuries are preventable,” explains Kyrouac.
The SIU School of Medicine ThinkFirst program is a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and presents events as a public service at no cost to the school. It is funded by a grant provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Those interested in the program are invited to contact Kyrouac at SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19679, Springfield, IL 62794-9604, 217-545-9112.