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N.J. prom teen who crashed into hotel room has night to remember

bowtie060611_optBY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT'S FUNNY

A 19-year-old prom goer crashed his car into a hotel room at the Holiday Inn on Route 37 this weekend. His car was in a parking place when he drove it into the room of Ruth Ernst, a Holiday Inn guest. Ms. Ernst, 77, had been sleeping at the time, and sustained minor injuries. She maintained she was definitely not interested in dancing to “Stairway to Heaven.”

The young man, Taras Ostrovskiy, was staying at the same hotel after attending his prom. After crashing the car, he tried to walk away but was caught, stopped and charged with driving under the influence and attempting to leave the scene of an accident.

He later tried to explain that he was just going to back to the buffet for some more ziti.

It’s very lucky that no one was hurt, but I guess the reputation of prom as a drunken free-for-all is alive and well in New Jersey. I have to admit, it was an over-the-top occasion even when I was in high school. We didn’t use limos, but we dressed up, people went to the shore for the weekend afterward, and there was underage drinking. The whole night was looked on as a license to go overboard. You want your prom to be a night to remember.

If you didn’t have a great prom and want a do-over, you can have one. Yes, there are now companies that put on “adult proms.” They are not class reunions; they are dinner/dances that let guests dress up, dance, and party like it’s 1989. Or 99. Or 2009.

People who attend these proms are usually in their 20s or 30s, and it seems that they are just out for a special night on the town. In these days of dress down casual, it’s an opportunity to get a fancy hairdo and wear a corsage. And of course, since you’re an adult, you can stay out as late as you want to. You have no curfew.

You will also have to drive your own car. Mr. Ostrovskiy was driving a Mercedes Benz, which I am going to assume was his parents’. Most 19-year-olds don’t own a Benz. And I’m sure his parents allowed him to take the good car because it was a special night, and he would be staying at a hotel afterward, so the drinking and driving thing would be kept to a minimum.

However, due to the unique talents that only a teen can possess, he managed the wreck the car WHILE IT WAS PARKED AT THE HOTEL. He managed to wreck the car, and a hotel room, and injure a woman, and get arrested. Truly, a night to remember.

Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Sign up for her mailing list at www.pamlobley.com.

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