MADD Event Spotlights Tragedies of Drunk Driving


Courtesy of MADD

Scott Leister, 21, was killed when an impaired driver crashed into the back of the Mercedes E420 (shown) where Leister was a rear-seat passenger. The Mercedes is now part of MADD’s traveling vehicle displays in California.

Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), a non-profit organization that lends support to victims of drunk driving, is teaming up with the San Jacinto College South Campus on Oct. 15 to spotlight the dangers of impaired driving with an event titled Horrors of a Crash.

Kendall Collette, a volunteer coordinator for MADD Southeast Texas, said Horrors of a Crash began eight years ago on the South Campus when her predecessor, Dave Anderson, collaborated with now-retired professor Dr. Carol Chance.

Collette said, “Students can learn about impaired driving and underage prevention while showing them some of the real effects of these things.”

In the past, Horrors of a Crash featured a haunting display of vehicles involved in drunk driving crashes but this year the focus is on prevention. Although a somber tradition, the event includes games with related themes along with the opportunity for attendees to win prizes.

Meanwhile, Collette said Horrors of a Crash is vital in supporting the organization’s mission by educating visitors and continuing to raise awareness about the many pitfalls of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“I am hoping that the attendees will take a new knowledge that they can pass on to others,” she said, “and inform people of the risks associated with impaired driving and underage consumption.”

Horrors of a Crash takes place between 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the atrium of the Student Center (S11) on the South Campus.

This story was updated to correct event details.