BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - In wake of two recent student deaths, a teen driver forum will be held in Ballston Spa on Tuesday night.
The public forum will be held Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. in the Milton Community Center to remember those lost and to provide support to the students, parents and other members of the community.
The forum comes after two Ballston Spa teens were recently killed vehicle-related crashes. 14-year-old Kari Liedel
was struck and killed by a drunk driver the night of July 7th while
walking to her uncle's house with two friends.
Prior to that,
17-year-old Noelle Johnson
was the passenger in a pickup truck that police say was being driven
erratically by Brian Vecchio when he lost control and slammed into a
utility pole, killing Noelle.
The Occupant Safety division of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Governor's Traffic Safety Council, along with other community groups, will offer a place to ask questions, talk with other victims, write a journal, create poems, draw a picture, paint rocks or shells, plant seeds, or sign a no drinking and driving pledge.
Educational information on how to deal with grief, what to expect from teens dealing with grief, and how to move forward in the best constructive manner will also be provided.
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