2011 MICHAEL A. DEMAYO SCHOLARSHIP. Presented by: AnaMarie Dimeo Bessemer City High School. THE EFFECTS OF UNDERAGED DRINKING and DRIVING. Through the Eyes of A Friend ……. JULY 31, 2009 … A day we will never forget.
Bessemer City High School
Through the Eyes of
A Friend …….
It was a hot July afternoon. We were getting ready to meet some of our friends for an evening of swimming.
We got a phone call.
Our lives were changed forever.
BESSEMER CITY — A teenager was killed when his friend’s sport utility vehicle skidded and flipped on a rural road Friday afternoon.
State troopers said Matthew Harold Mortensen, 16, of Kings Mountain, died at the scene. The driver, identified by a friend as 17-year-old Ty Williams, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment. He was listed in critical condition Friday night.
The SUV ran off the road to the right at 60 to 65 mph and Williams overcorrected, spinning the car sideways and flipping it twice on the left shoulder, Lee said.
“When somebody gets their license at 16, they don’t comprehend speed and overcorrecting,” Lee said. Williams and Mortensen were thrown from the vehicle. Lee said neither boy was wearing his seat belt.
“Speed and young people — it is a big problem,” he said. “Like anybody, when you get your license, you think it’s not going to happen to you. Situations like this bring it back to reality…………………….”
We rushed to the hospital.
It was all true.
One of our friends was dead—the other fighting for his life.
How Could This Happen?
We are so young. So much to LIVE for.
We are not ready to accept DEATH ….
“Trooper T. R. Lee said he would likely interview Williams in the hospital this week, but is waiting several days while the teen recovers. The Highway Patrol will consult the District Attorney’s office before determining whether Williams would be cited for the wreck, he said.”
Teen remembered for sense of humor, love of extreme sports
Bessemer City High student died in Friday afternoon wreck, friend recovering in Charlotte hospital
August 03, 2009 3:38 PM
BESSEMER CITY — When his girlfriend was upset, Matthew Mortensen could always coax a grin from her frazzled face.
“He was an amazing guy,” said Meghan Hilton, who dated Mortensen for about a year. “He always knew how to make you laugh, even if you were having your worst day.”
Mortensen, 16, of Kings Mountain, was killed Friday afternoon when his friend’s sport utility vehicle overturned on Whitesides Dairy Road outside Bessemer City. He was a rising junior at Bessemer City High School and an athletic boy who loved being outdoors……….”
Teen driver faces charges in fatal crash
August 16, 2009 6:01 PM
“A teen driver whose passenger was killed in a July 31 crash now faces criminal charges.
Ty Williams, 17, is being charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving after consuming under age 21, according to Trooper T.R. Lee with the Highway Patrol.
Subpoenaed blood samples revealed traces of alcohol and marijuana in Williams’ system when he was brought to Carolinas Medical Center after the wreck, Lee said…..”
“The Century Council has been fighting against underage drinking for two decades. While rates have declined, alcohol consumption among youth under the legal drinking age remains at an alarming level.
More than 10 million youths, ages 12 to 20, in this country report they have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days. The rate of current alcohol consumption increases with increasing age according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2.4% at age 12 to 22.4% at age 16, and 56.7% at age 20.”
*SOURCE: TRU Omnibuzz Survey-2009
TOP 10 PUNISHMENTS THAT STOP TEENS FROM DRINKING AGAIN:
SOURCE: TRU Omnibuzz Survey-2008
We Lost a Best Friend ………..
CLASS OF 2011
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Don’t Let this Happen to YOUR Class !