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West Johnston High students learn dangers of drunk driving

Posted April 1, 2010 5:07 p.m. EDT
Updated April 1, 2010 6:42 p.m. EDT

— West Johnston High School students, still mourning the loss of two classmates killed in a wreck earlier this week, learned Thursday the dangers of drinking and driving through a mock accident demonstration.

Christopher Paul Kosmos, 18, of Angier, and his pregnant girlfriend, Alissa Chenette, 16, of Clayton, died on Monday when their vehicle ran off a flooded road and overturned in a creek along Steel Bridge Road in Clayton. Authorities said weather played a major role in the crash. Alcohol was not a factor.

Kosmos was a senior and Chenette a junior at West Johnston High.

School Counselor Leandra Showalter said the school debated whether to still move forward with the demonstration, planned for seniors in advance of prom.

“It was probably more important than ever now to do it,” she said.

Rescue crews and students painted a graphic picture of the realities of drunk driving.

“If we can just get one to make the right decision and not end up in a tragic accident,” EMS Training officer Richard McLeod said.

McLeod was one of the emergency workers called to the scene of Monday’s wreck. He told students the deadly crash brought him to tears.

“It hits home to us because we feel like these kids are ours as well,” he said.

West Johnston student Nancy Ormond was one of the members of Students Against Destructive Decisions who participated in the demonstration.

“We've been through this a lot here and I just think that it’s important for us to get the message out as much as we can,” she said.