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Prom Causes Weston To Consider Safety

Weston High School junior Carolyn Figliola spent Monday morning in a hospital after her Volkswagen Passat slipped on the wet roads and flipped over. And on May 4, 19-year-old Sophie Diaz of Weston was sent to the hospital after she crashed her Nissan Infiniti into a tree.

While Carolyn’s accident was not alcohol-related, Sophie admitted having consumed alcohol prior to crashing her car. Both were lucky to survive crashes that left their cars totaled.

With prom on Friday night, drinking and driving is a topic that many people are concerned about. The Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program is presenting an assembly with Dr. Matt Bellace on Tuesday morning in the high school. The clinical psychologist and stand-up comic uses humor to convey his message that young people need to be supported in both words and actions in order to make healthy choices.

"I think [presentations like this] put everything into perspective," said Carolyn, who will be attending prom on Friday.

Bellace will host parents at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Weston Library with "Supporting Your Teen in Making Positive Choices." The current research on adolescent brain development will be presented and time will be given for questions and answers.

As a result of her accident, Sophie Diaz was issued an infraction for traveling unreasonably fast, failure to wear a seatbelt, possession of alcohol by a minor and failure to drive right. Sophie had been drinking but did not remember how much she consumed or where, police said. Results of a blood test showed she did not have an elevated blood-alcohol content, police said. There were two unopened 50 ml bottles of alcohol in the center console of her vehicle, police said. There had been light rain on the evening she was traveling south on Davis Hill Road and attempted to negotiate a sharp downgrade curve in the road. The vehicle began to turn counterclockwise before hitting the tree on the northbound shoulder.

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