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April 12, 2014

Mock accident drives home message

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SHELBYVILLE, IL. —

After the demonstration, Jennings received a hug from her father Bryan, a firefighter who was also part of the scene.

Chase Jackson, who "died" at the scene, described being taken away in a hearse as "creepy".

"This was something serious. That's why we wanted to do this," Jackson said.

 "The scariest part was when Coach (Kevin) Kramer charged at me," said Luke McConnell, who was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI resulting in a death.

Illinois State Police trooper Jeff Denning spoke to the audience after the scene. He said, "In a small community, people know what you did and facing those people and family of the deceased day after day, year after year, is worse than any prison time you serve."

Assisting in the mock accident were Shelbyville Police, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police, Shelbyville Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Shelby Ambulance, and Lockart-Green Funeral Home.

Student performers were Chase Jackson, Holly Boarman, Luke McConnell, Ali Anderson, Carissa Jennings, and Matt Overbeck.

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