With prom and graduation season inching its way here, a concern of many is the chances of high school students drinking and driving after their after-proms and end-of-year parties.
Norwalk Catholic High School welcomed car accident survivor Sarah Panzau Evans on Tuesday where she spoke to students about her past experience. The presentation started out with images of Evans in college, an active volleyball player at Southwestern Illinois College, and then they switched to a picture of a young Evans after being involved in a serious car accident. There was blood, tubes, and wires visible as Evans had been strapped to a backboard.
Prom & Graduation Season: Drinking & Driving
Evans is on a tour visiting high schools and colleges to share her story. She will be talking about the car crash that changed her life and will hopefully help young students to make the right choices when it comes to drinking and driving.
Evans tells students of the mistakes she made when she was young, including dropping out of college to become a bartender and being focused on partying with friends more than anything else in her life. “All those decisions led me to the inevitable,” Evans explained as she directed students to look at the left side of her body where she has no arm due to the accident she was in.
When Evans was involved in her car accident, her blood alcohol level was almost four times the legal limit. While on the road, she lost control of her vehicle and ended up flipping it four times. At the time, she hadn’t been wearing a seat belt, resulting in her body hanging out of the window as her vehicle scraped a guard rail.
Despite doctor’s predictions and lack of pulse when emergency crews arrived, Evans survived the c rash. Now she is sharing this horrific experience in an attempt to make a difference in the lives of young people.
“I was saved for a purpose. Today was that purpose, this is what I’ve been charged to do,” Evans said.
Prevent Car Accidents
Our office would like to share this message with our readers in an effort to help prevent accidents this spring as well. If you know a high school student, please share this story with them so together we can help to save lives and prevent tragedies.
If you have any questions about car accident victims and what to do if involved in an accident, please call our attorneys at 800.637.8170. You can also order a free copy of The Ohio Accident Book to serve as a guide for the car accident claims process.