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Students learn "real" consequences of drunk driving

by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - "Some of you are probably sitting there thinking that this can't happen to you, but it can happen to you," said Sherrie Brenneman, as she spoke to juniors and seniors at Jefferson High School on Thursday. 

It did happen to Brenneman.

"It's just not fair," said Brenneman.  "They didn't get to live their life."

Ten years ago, Brenneman lost two nieces in a drunk driving crash. It's why she now speaks to groups like the one at Jefferson.

"The kids have a lot to celebrate and some of them don't know how to do it without drinking and so I'm just here to remind them that this could be you," said Brenneman.

Jefferson prom is this weekend.

"I just want to talk to you about how a split second choice or decision can change your life forever," said Brenneman.

Brenneman's words are only part of the lesson.

Students are also watching and participating in a mock crash, complete with police, emergency crews and a hearse.

"I would say when they covered me and then when they put me in the bodybag, that was really like, wow, this is really what happens," said mock crash victim Morgan Allee.

"It was not fun and I don't plan on being in that particular situation," said mock crash driver Andrew Kopecky.

For Sherrie Brenneman, the scene is all-too real.

"It brings everything back out," said Brenneman. "It does, it's been a process."

"A lot of people's perspectives are going to change after this because I know mine did," said Kopecky.

A message that seems to be received loud and clear. One Brenneman will continue to give as she honors the legacy of Samantha and Amanda.

"I hope they're looking down and saying 'Go Sherrie Go'," said Brenneman.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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