Monte Diegel, the 9-1-1 Administrator for Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, gives details of the upcoming Mock Crash program to take place on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with numerous local EMS, fire departments, law enforcement agencies and a host of other groups and organizations are preparing to stage a mock crash for all six Mercer County High Schools.

A mock crash is held every two years (since 1996) for county high school students. All six Mercer County school districts support the mock crash program. The mock crash program is staged at the Mercer County Fairgrounds with attendance of hundreds of Mercer County junior and senior high school students. This program is all about choices. A mock crash is staged to illustrate the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, texting and driving and/or the use of drugs and driving.

Following the mock crash, students will hear from a speaker who will share her personal tragic true life experience with the students. You should note that our mock crash program is no small undertaking, we have two dozen different Mercer County agencies ,organizations/groups including numerous law enforcement agencies, fire departments, EMS, funeral homes and medical helicopters that are involved in our mock crash program. In all, there will be 65-75 players involved with presenting the mock crash program. The message is very clear, we don’t want to see our young people die on our roadways.

Joey and Laura

One of the most moving and important parts for our 2022 mock crash program will be when the students are addressed by Miami County resident Laura Cruea . Laura’s high school aged son Joey was killed in 2010 in an accident involving an impaired driver.

Laura has been in healthcare since the age of 14. Caring for others has always been a huge part of her life. She combines her love for others with her non profit she created in memory of her son, Joseph “Joey” Seger. He was tragically killed on September 21, 2010 by an impaired driver. He was a senior in high school and just 18 years old. She created a non profit called Joining Ours Efforts 4 You to educate about impaired and distracted driving. Laura volunteers to speak to groups and to share Joey’s story in hopes to save a life. No parent should suffer the loss of a child.

Laura has a strong message and states –

“If I can get just one teen to change what they do behind the wheel or their way of thinking, then my son’s death had purpose instead of being another stat. I am his voice now”.

This is a very powerful and important message for our Mercer County students to hear.