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Grieving Harrison Central students get light speech on prom safety

Updated: Thursday, April 10 2014, 04:24 PM EDT
CADIZ, Ohio -- As the Harrison Central High School community continues to mourn after a crash involving a teen student, officials decided to lessen the intensity of the prom promise. A quick speech was just enough.
Students are still grieving the death of Taylor Dowdle, who was killed in car crash last month.

Dowdle's best friend, Samantha Raber, wants everyone to be careful, especially after what her school has been through.
Safety is the No. 1 concern in preventing another tragedy from happening.
"She was a great person and great friend, and I'm really glad I got the chance to know her," Raber said. "People need to use this as an eye opener as to driving safely."
Police said speed was a factor in the crash. Dowdle, 16, lost control of her car in March and crashed, causing the vehicle to settle upside down. She died at the scene, and her 16-year-old passenger was hospitalized.
With prom just around the corner, there are a few things that administrators and officials want students to keep in mind.
Sheriff Joe Myers said the accident has affected the community enough, and they've seen firsthand what can happen if you don't drive responsibly.
"We want to give them a lighter note ... and just reiterate we all care about them deeply and want them to have a safe and happy prom," Myers said.
The crash gave students a better understanding of how it can affect not only them but their peers.
"Drive safe after prom," Myers said. "Things are gonna happen after prom. You're gonna do something; just be smart about it."
"In a second anything can happen during prom or after prom," said Abby Dodds, a senior at the school. "Everyone just needs to keep their head about them and just be smart about everything."

Grieving Harrison Central students get light speech on prom safety

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