Words of wisdom to teens about drunk driving

Students re-enact a fatal crash to portray an important message to teen drivers. (WTHR Photo/Kevin Rader)
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) – A school security guard is portraying an important message to teen drivers.

"When I was 29, my 26-year-old wife and 5-year-old son were killed by a drunk driver," said David Pruet.

He has been at their side for years and never talked about it to them until today.

In hopes of keeping students safe, Pruet, a security guard at Bloomington South High School, shared his story of heartbreak before prom and graduation.

"911. There has been a crash," the police radio blared.

Words that no one wants to hear were the words that started a re-enactment at Bloomington South High School.

"Is anybody hurt," the 911 operator asked.

"Yes," the teenage driver responded.

"Are you hurt," the operator continued.

"Yes," the teen answered.


In this case, student actors portray how driving to an after prom party proved fatal, in hopes of preventing a real-life incident.

For Pruet, it was all too real.

"What you don't know most of you don't realize is I lived this. When I was 29, my 26-year-old wife and 5-year-old son were killed by a drunk driver," Pruet told them.

Then he pointed to a tree growing next to the school and told them a bench engraved with his wife's name sits at it's base.

"A drunk driver outraged a motorcycle had recently passed him was trying to run him over. In the process, he hit my wife and son head on, killing them instantly," he said.

"What we did as students has an effect, but hearing from someone with a personal connection lay it on the line and say this was very real. That impacts the rest of his life," senior Calvin Prenkert pointed out.

"I drove up on the crash. My wife was still pinned in the car. I gave her a kiss on the forehead told her that I loved her and walked away from her forever. They were always together so when I buried them, I buried them together so they will always be together," Pruet continued.

So the man charged with protecting these students on campus offered some words in hopes of protecting them off of it.

"When we go back to our classes today. I would like to personally ask you to go back to your classes in silence. Not speaking. Not laughing. No joking, because this is not a joke to me," he concluded.

Which everybody did. They walked back to class in utter silence. Right by the tree with the bench bearing Pruet's wife's name at its base.

Pruet also revealed some sobering statistics. There is a crash involving teens every 14 minutes and six teens lose their life to a drunk driver everyday.