In a car accident that dismayed an entire community, a vibrant 16-year-old lost her life in a calamitous car crash. The young woman was a resident of Seymour, Tennessee. Her 56-year-old grandmother also died in the crash.
The teen was described in very positive terms by those who knew her. The Assistant Superintendent of Sevier County Schools said that the high school girl was an excellent student. She also affirmed that the student was well-liked and will be missed, noting that both classmates and faculty are saddened by the loss.
The accident happened when the teen and her grandmother were driving their vehicle along Chapman Highway in Seymour. A man, 39, was driving his SUV south on the same road and ran a red light. After doing so, his SUV hit the grandmother’s vehicle. The accident occurred at approximately 7:15 a.m.
The man who ran the red light and hit them was immediately cited for the red light violation near Tittsworth Springs Road. Criminal charges against him are also pending, according to authorities close to the case. If convicted, the deaths of the teen and her grandmother will undoubtedly play a key factor in sentencing. There are stronger penalties when loss of life is involved.
Car accidents happen every day. Each one has its own unique set of circumstances. For those who are injured or the families of those who lose a loved one, compensation may be sought in civil court. Claims may be made for pain and suffering, wrongful death, medical expenses and other damages.
Source: WBIR.com, “Sevier Co. Schools: Teen killed in crash was a ‘lovely lady’” No author given, Nov. 15, 2013