Project CRASH drives the message home

The screening of film Project CRASH took place on October 6 on SUNY Cobleskill campus. Students from all Schoharie County high schools attended to see the film and hear guest speakers, including Assemblyman Pete Lopez.

from the Times Journal on 10/12/16 – When a carload of local teens headed out that June day, red Solo cups and phones in hand and behind the wheel, they never thought it would end in tragedy.

But it did: With 17-year-old Sharon Springs Central School senior Ian Rohac dead at the scene of the County Route 8A crash, and Amarnie Lawas, another senior, but from Cobleskill-Richmondville, charged with vehicular manslaughter and facing 7-14 years in state prison.
It was, however, all make-believe, written, staged and filmed for Project CRASH, a joint effort between the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office and SCCASA.

“But what you saw? It’s pretty much how it would all go down,” said Deputy Zach Reinhart, one of those with a hand in the effort, said afterwards. “We were going for a gut punch.” And they got it.

Mostly juniors and seniors from all of Schoharie County’s schools viewed the film in two sessions Thursday at SUNY Cobleskill, where they also heard from Assemblyman Pete Lopez and DWI attorney Tom Desalvo.

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