A Kerikeri teenager is dead and several others injured after a 17-year-old suspected drink-driver smashed head-on into a car driven by one of his teachers.
Fortunately the grisly accident, at noon on Friday in Springbank School's carpark, was not real but a demonstration organised by the Kerikeri school's Sadd (Students Against Drink Driving) group.
Five students and two teachers displayed their acting abilities, and some rather gory fake wounds, while police and volunteers for the Kerikeri Fire Brigade and St John Ambulance showed an audience of 80 Year 5-13 students what happens after a serious crash.
Firefighters had to cut the roof off the teens' car to allow medics access to the patients; and with so many injured, St John staff had to sort them using coloured tags to make sure the most seriously injured were seen to first. Emergency services also had the usual problems to deal with, including distressed patients and belligerent drivers.
Sadd co-ordinator Abi Foster, 17, said the aim of the mock crash was to raise awareness of the dangers of drink-driving and promote Sadd before students reached an age where they met the lethal combination of cars and alcohol. Earlier in the week students tried out "fatal vision goggles" which simulate the effects of drinking.
After the demonstration students had a chance to ask questions. They ranged from whether the driver would be breath-tested (he would get a blood test at hospital) to whether the drink-driver would be covered by insurance (he wouldn't).
St John volunteer Ros Smith told the students if they ever came across a crash, they shouldn't try to pull the injured out of the car if it wasn't necessary because it could worsen internal injuries.