On the morning of March 30, 2012, four juniors at Silver Lake Regional High School were injured in a serious crash versus an empty school bus on their way to school. Approximately 1,200 students from the surrounding area attend the school. Junior prom, scheduled for the night of the crash was held. Two of the students were transported to Boston Medical Centerfor management of their serious injuries.
On Wednesday, May 23, staff members from the Boston Medical Center trauma team including doctors and members of social work who cared for the injured students visited Silver Lake Regional High School. Richard Kelley, Principal of Silver Lake Regional High School, and the families of the students involved in the crash spoke as well.
Eric Mahoney, MD, FACS, a trauma and acute care surgeon and Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW, Injury Prevention Coordinator; Director, Community Violence Response Team, presented on Wednesday night. The safe driving presentations stressed the importance of healthy choices and seat belt use, the risks of distracted driving and the realities of injuries that may be sustained during a car crash. The event was moving and emotional as family, friends, classmates, and community members attended. It reflected a true outpouring of support for those affected by the crash with more than 600 people filling the school’s auditorium.