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February 8, 2013

Shattered dreams

Brock ISD students study effects of driving drunk, distracted

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He said he hopes Thursday’s event and the emotions he and others involved in the program felt serves as a “wake up call” for his schoolmates and the younger students in attendance.

“All the emotions didn’t hit me until about 10 minutes ago,” Jack said through tear-stained eyes afterward. “I hope because of this the people in the audience paid attention and took it seriously.”

Part of the video drama included showing Trooper Gillum having to go the the Drillette’s home to notify them of their daughter’s “death.”

Father Scott Drillette said taking part in the video was difficult for he and his family, but said he hopes it was worthwhile. He said knowing that what is taking place it is not real, it is still hard not to imagine the feelings a parent has in imagining such a scenario.

“The emotions you experience are real,” he said. “No parent wants to have to live out the death of one of their children.”

The impact of drunk driving still hits close to home for many in the Brock community. Little more than 13 years ago – on Dec. 19, 1998 – Brock high school students Staci Lee, Whitney Welch, Mandi McWhorter and Lacey Osina were killed on Ranger Highway when the vehicle they were in was struck by the vehicle of a drunk driver. Ricky Carter remains in jail.

The girls’ death was devastating to their families and friends, changing their lives in many ways.

Former Brock High School principal Jimmy Branch, striving to choke down his own emotions, recalled to the audience, many of them weeping, going to the wreck scene and helping identify the young victims.

“I walked up to the car and looked in the driver’s seat and I saw a white sheet,” Branch said. “I knew what the sheet meant but I couldn’t comprehend it. I looked in the back seat, and I saw another sheet.”

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