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Police, firefighters stage deadly crash days before prom
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SARATOGA SPRINGS - Police arrive to find a car crash with four teenagers inside.

There are serious injuries. Maybe even a fatality.

They suspect the driver of drinking.

The scene is sobering to the thousand or so students who are watching.

They wipe away tears as they listen to Diane Loomis, whose 17-year-old son, Eddie, was killed by a drunken driver three years ago next month.

"And in a split second, his life was taken," she tells them.

The re-enactment effect students. Especially those who knew Eddie Loomis.

"It's heartbreaking. It's not fair," says Nicole Snyder, a junior and a friend of Eddie's.

'It's really sad. It's hard to watch. I've never experienced anything like that before," says Danielle Schultz, also a junior.

As the hearse arrives, students get quiet.

They watch as the funeral director puts their classmate in a body bag.

Nicole Snyder hopes the message sinks into her peers. "I know some kids could care less, but to others it means a life and going home to your parents every day."

All this takes place in advance of Saturday night's prom at the City Center.

For the first time ever, Saratoga Springs will test every student who attends the prom for alcohol.

"It's a step in the right direction to try to make it as safe as possible. And that's all we can do," says Saratoga Springs Police Inv. John Kelly, the school's resource officer.

Kelly says attendance for the prom is down this year, perhaps because students don't want to be tested for alcohol.

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