LISBON — Dean Willey could not bring himself to go to his daughter’s funeral at Lisbon High School on Wednesday.

Even if his daughter was not actually dead.

Willey and his wife, Jennifer, watched as their 18-year-old daughter, Anna, lay motionless on the cold, wet ground for more than 30 minutes.

Anna was the victim in a mock car crash at LHS, killed in an accident involving four teenage girls, one of them drunk.

“It’s a little odd to see things like that,” Dean Willey said of seeing his daughter in a blood-spattered prom dress, being stepped over by rescue personnel who were determined to help those who might make it as opposed to Anna Willey, a senior who was already dead.

“I did not like looking at it,” Dean Willey said.


Anna Willey is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, a group of Lisbon students led by Peyton Gosselin.

Gosselin said the mock crash is a proactive approach to the prom and graduation season.

“This is what can happen if you drink and drive,” Gosselin said.

“If kids realize that this is what can happen,” said Lisbon Patrol Sgt. Ryan McGee, “maybe they will think twice about drinking and driving.”

After the mock crash, students filed back into the school building where they passed a coffin, Anna Willey’s mother and her sister, a freshman at the school.

Anna was nowhere to be seen. She was absent for the rest of the day, told not to come to track practice by her coach and her social media presence went black.

Dean Willey was also missing.

“I am not going in there,” he said, “because that is just too much.”

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