Covington Catholic students learn the dangers of drinking and driving

PARK HILLS, KY (FOX19) - Covington Catholic students got to hear a firsthand account about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Sarah Panzau visited the school to share her story on Tuesday.

In 2003, Panzau was just 21 when she decided to drive home with a blood alcohol level at four times the legal limit. She flipped her car four times after missing her exit on the highway. Since she wasn't wearing a seatbelt, she was ejected through the rear window of her car and lost her left arm. Panzau endured more than 30 surgeries.

Panzau was a two-time member of the National Junior College Athletic Association women's volleyball All-American team, but a series of bad decisions nearly took everything away.

"I am the victim of my own bad decisions to hang out with the wrong crowd, get involved with drugs and to drive drunk," said Panzau.

She hopes she can prevent others from making the same mistakes.

"I wanted to be able to show the damages that I could done to my body, because young people especially never think about the aftermath, the consequences," said Panzau.

She also talked with parents in the evening to raise awareness of alcohol abuse by minors.

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