The crash occurred during prom and graduation season, the time of year when schools typically worry about underage drinking and driving after events.
Magruder had already held its prom, and Mr. Evans said there were no school-sponsored events Saturday night from which the crash victims would have been coming home.
“It’s a tough time of year,” Mr. McCarthy, said, adding that he personally knew two of the families who lost children in the crash. “If some good can come of this incident, as we approach prom season and beach week … it’s that we talk to some of our kids.”
In Maryland in 2009, there were 21 alcohol- or drug-impaired-driving fatalities and 313 crashes resulting in injury that involved drivers under 21, said Michelle Atwell, program coordinator with the Maryland Highway Safety Office with the State Highway Administration. Three fatalities and 38 of the crashes resulting in injury occurred in Montgomery County.
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