Local hospital participates in mock crash simulation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A local hospital is helping a Hillsboro church promote awareness of distracted driving risks in a mock crash on Saturday afternoon.

The Hillsboro Church of God in collaboration with the Miami Valley Hospital and University of Cincinnati Medical Center will host the second annual Out of the Wreckage event.

The event began a year ago when more than 500 people attended to learn about the effects of distracted driving, said Event Organizer, John Moore.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. The agency also reports that an additional 387,000 people were injured by a distracted driver.

Moore says that the event specifically wants to encourage young drivers to focus on the road and avoid distractions behind the wheel.

"When I was young, it was all about not drinking and driving," Moore said.

The mock crash will be graphic in nature and parent discretion is advised.

After the mock crash a mock funeral will take place.

This event is free to the public and will be located at 5760 U.S. Route 62 south of Hillsboro from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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