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New Exhibit Teaches The Dangers Of Driving Under The Influence

A new exhibit unveiled at Eastridge High School hopes to raise awareness of the affects of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A new exhibit unveiled at Eastridge High School hopes to raise awareness of the affects of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

It is a topic that the Riveras know all too well.

"It was a little breathtaking because we'd never seen the car my son was traveling in before. So, it took us back for a little bit but it was done very well," Henry Rivera Sr. said.

Henry Rivera Jr., 19 and his friend Pedro Hernandez, 20, were killed in 2007 when their car was hit by another driver high on cocaine. Their stories are featured on the new exhibit at Eastridge High School. It is part of a series of exhibits called "One Second Everything Changes." It is one of 18 statewide. Eventually Eastridge's exhibit will travel to other area high schools too. 

"It's amazing and it's detailed. It's definitely going to get the message across to the students," senior Alison Hartley said.

The exhibit illustrates a timeline of the crash. It also features some of the victim's belongings to add a more personal touch. Henry's mom says she gave organizers some of her son's favorite things, including his football and baseball t-shirt. The exhibit also explains the impact cocaine and other drugs can have on a person. Rivera's parents say while sharing their son's story is painful, they also hope it is helpful.

"Hopefully it sets a trend where a young person decides, this is not worth it," Rivera Sr. said.

"If we can touch one life, one person, one family than it's more than enough," Migdalia said.



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