Shea Stephenson

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  • Age: 16
  • Panama City Beach, FL
  • Surfside Middle School, Bay High School

Shea died on March 29, 1995 while riding in a car with 4 other teens. The driver either ran a stop sign, or proceeded into the path of a truck after stopping. The truck hit Shea's side of the car, ejecting him and the other two backseat passengers out of the hatch of the car. Shea passed away within seconds, one of the others thrown out suffered life-altering brain injuries, and the third had injuries that required a long recovery period. The two front-seat passengers were not injured, nor was the driver of the truck involved. This was a very sad day for Shea's school, his friends, and his family, of course. He was one who always took care to be safe, but his life was in someone else's hands that night, and they failed to appreciate what they were supposed to protect. There was talk from the driver that the truck was driving without headlights before this night-time crash. I dont know if that is true, but please instruct new drivers to not only look for headlights, but also to look for shadows and dark objects in the road before pulling into traffic. Also, look both ways before proceeding, no matter what direction you are turning. You may avoid a collision with a car in the wrong lane if you look both ways.

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