RATHDRUM, Idaho -- Rescue crews in Rathdrum put on a huge mock crash to show teens the realty of DUI accidents.
Idaho State Police Chaplain Anita Kronvall organized the event. She also walked parents to their children’s bodies during the fake scene. It was her job to notify them that their children weren’t coming home, as part of the exercise.
“It’s too hard to watch,” said Leanna Horne, a parent. “It doesn’t matter that it’s fake. It just hurts. I pray to God I never have to live this for real and this is all to help these kids understand.”
“Its your worst nightmare. It’s something you never want to do,” said Liz St. Mark, another parent.
Chaplain Kronvall’s daughter was killed by a driver high on drugs in 2002.
“I have a button with my daughter’s picture. It’s the last picture I have of her,” Chaplain Kronvall said. “My mission is to save a life when I can. It’s a good thing to make them wake and see what can happen. It can happen to anybody.”