Local volunteers ready a mock patient to be removed from a staged car crash and transported via a helicopter. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
With red lights flashing, power tools humming, glass shattered into crystal rocks on the pavement and twisted metal what just minutes prior had been car roofs and doors tossed to the side, the jaws slowly lowered and the cell phones were pointed in ‘capture’ mode.
After firefighters muscled the jaws of life to tear aluminum and carbon fiber from two cars that had become cages to its passengers, EMS volunteers broke out the neck braces and popped the stretchers into position, ready to take away the victims of a head-on collision Friday morning.
Then the hearse arrived, and somebody was being zipped into a white body bag.
This high school tradition, a morbid mise en sceneintended to spring the neck hair of prom-going seniors, couldn’t get more real short of somebody’s heart actually stopping.
Peter Paras, a Red Bank family law attorney who was run over in a by a Jeep in the parking lot of the Galleria shopping and office complex in 2002, took the stand yesterday in the trial of the former client accused of ordering his murder.
“Out of the corner of my eye, I saw movement,” Paras said, describing his walk across the office parking lot in the late afternoon hours of June 21, 2002. “I know the car hit me. I know the car picked up speed. But it happened so quickly, I couldn’t do anything about it.”