‘Make mature decisions’

Hopewell-Loudon students witness mock accident

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Fire and rescue personnel work at the scene of a mock crash Thursday at Hopewell-Loudon.

BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon High School students gathered Thursday morning at the football stadium for a mock crash scenario.

Students heard from Sgt. Jordan Schwochow from the Fremont post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“This program is done out of concern for your safety,” Schwochow said.

Students watched as an accident unfolded, with agencies trying to get patients to medical care in less than an hour — the time known as the golden hour.

“That is the time victims have the best chance of recovery,” Schwochow said.

The accident students witnessed was a vehicle versus a bicyclist, in which alcohol was a factor and the driver fled the scene. The passengers showed minor to serious injuries and were taken to Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital. The driver later was located and taken to Seneca County Jail.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and later was taken away.

Crews assisting were from the Tiffin Echo Unit, St. Vincent Life Flight, Bascom Joint Fire and EMS, New Riegel EMS, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Harold-Floriana Funeral Home, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and John’s Welding and Towing.

Schwochow said statistics show passengers are killed more often than drivers in vehicle accidents.

“We do this to try to prevent you from being just a memory,” he said.

During the presentation, Schwochow also read the names of young people who died in vehicle accidents over the past 13 years.

“We read these names to respect and remember those that have been lost,” he said. “Slow down and be careful. Make mature and right decisions.”

Students participating in the mock crash were Ashley Brickner, Courtney Yarbough and Kyleigh Krupp.