As West Virginia University students prepare to head to spring break destinations, Mark Sterner has a cautionary tale.

He will share his story at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

In 1994, Sterner, then a 21-year-old senior at a university in Rhode Island, went from potentially being the first member of his family to graduate college to a felon after a night of spring break partying turned tragic.

It was their last night on Sanibel Island, Fla., when Sterner and his fraternity brothers decided to go out on the town. They made the deadly decision to choose theleast drunkamong them to drive to and from the bar.

The night came to an abrupt end when Sterner crashed their car, killing three of his friends. Tests after the fatal accident showed that he had a blood alcohol level of .17. Sterner was charged with three felony manslaughter convictions and spent three years in prison.

Now forced to relive his mistake every day, the CAMPUSPEAK presenter does not want others to experience his nightmare. Sterner shares his message,DUI: A Powerful Lesson,with high school and college students across the country.

During the presentation, which is free and open to the public, Sterner will show a video his friends made during the trip. The video contains images of laughing college students drinking alcohol and dancing, followed by photos of the car after the accident.

The event is sponsored by WVU s Department of Community Medicine , Student Affairs , Student Organizations Services , The Daily Athenaeum , Governors Highway Traffic Safety Program, Student Health Service and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.