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'My body tells its own story'

Crash survivor shares message of responsibility at Bay Path

Sarah Panzau’s presentation style was animated, grabbing the students’ attention. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
December 05, 2011
CHARLTON — A gymnasium full of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School juniors and seniors fell quiet as scenes of a car crash flashed on a screen before them.

A mangled car, a busted guardrail, a bloody human arm — images so unsettling that many students looked away.

To see pictures of Sarah Panzau's 2003 car accident, it's hard to believe she survived. But when she walked in the gym Thursday, Dec. 1, it was clear that she lived with a story to tell. Dressed in a tank top and shorts, she said she wanted students to see the consequences of her decision to drink and drive.

"My body tells its own story," said the two-time All-American athlete. Now missing her left arm, the former volleyball player's life has taken an entirely different route than she expected.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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