Young Man Sentenced in Deadly Hit and Run

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

A tragedy for a family reaches a point of closure. As 19 year old Bryce Crosby prepares to spend a majority of his young life in prison, the family of his victim, Shanesa Cox, forgives him.

In the courtroom, the state attorney walked Judge Bateman through Crosby's deadly path, explaining how he ran over the seven year old and two other children who had only minor injuries. As he spoke, Shanesa's family relived the tragedy once more. "There was this sign, watch for children playing prior to the curb." said the state attorney Rick Combs.

Crosby's psychiatrist referred to Crosby's state of mind as "dream-like" when he carelessly hit Shanesa on December first at 11:00 a.m.--dragging her body 40 feet. Crosby will spend 12 years in prison and another ten years on probation. The judge says his terms of probation include visiting Shanesa's grave site with a gift of remembrance several times each year.

Benjamin Crump an attorney for Shanesa's family said, "I thought that was a profound statement because the family visits that grave site everyday."

And as the family still grieves each day, anger over Shanesa's death is not directed towards Crosby. Her mother, Regina Jackson said to Crosby in the courtroom,"I don't hate you. I ain't going to say I dislike you. I forgive you."

Joe Cox, Shanesa's Father said, "When I came home and saw the tracks, you know what I'm saying, when I saw what he had done and didn't stop--I had some pretty bad feelings for him, but I forgave him"

When Crosby hit Shanesa, authorities say he was three times over the legal limit for alcohol. During the hearing he admitted to drinking in excess eight times in his life and he started his habit at age sixteen. Crosby's family was present at the hearing and did not wish to comment.


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  • by blank Location: Tallahassee on Aug 16, 2008 at 11:16 PM
    If you dont care about a lawsuit then why is the victims family still going through with a lawsuit against the Crosbys? They have been through enough, believe me I see it every week.
  • by MOTHER Location: Chattahoochee on Aug 11, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    Thats all u people talk about is a law suit if I can trade all the money in the the world to have my baby back I will My kids never want for anything If I didnt never get anything I made sure my kids had money dont mean nothing What would u do if u where in my place Think no u dont want to go threw what I've been threw so please stop worry about a law suit Im not it come or it dont it want bring my baby back
  • by kenyata jackson Location: chattahoohee fl on Aug 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    R U 4 real i also want to say sorry if i came off hard its just life as we knew it change i have to watch my kids in nieces in newphews go threw pain an its hard not to cry around them trying to b strong for them so again im sorry i don't want to b mistaken for being happy about something that what wasn't meant to b an i thank you for being the better person i too want to b that person.My family have to much on there minds an heart to be going threw drama again thanks to all those who gave there concerns an prayers for we will need it many days to come it don't seems that long but my niece will b turning 8 in sept so have sorrows days ahead. Also Mr. crosby got lucky his family can go visit him in calhoun county but my words was sincere i do forgive him in let GOD take it from here.BE BLESS
  • by LET'S BE FAIR Location: I PUT ON 4 MY CITY! on Aug 4, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    To ANONYMOOUS; 8/1/08; As you stated all the examples were different cases, just as Regina and Joe lost are much different from the Crosby family. No one has taken him from his parents and friends. Im a Correction Officers and last time i check the prisons still have visitation for inmates. Do you get my point, like you said i just want to clear some things up. As far as time he didn't get enough if you ask me. 12 years it was a hit and run, he didn't mean to stop. He's not even 21. This man got off good in more than one way. He made the choice to drinks and deserves everything that comes his way from that day forward. It was a senseless crime. Yes he has to live with it everyday but at least he gets to live. See you can still see your friend, but a baby is gone thanks to your friend poor judgement. So can you pass this on to the rest of your friend. DONT DRINK AND DRIVE, IT'S NOT COOL. LEAVE THE DRINKING TO THE ADULTS NOT YOUR TEENAGE FRIEND WHO SHOULDN'T BE DRINKING ANYWAYS. THE END
  • by anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:00 PM
    What the Cox family lost was a terrible thing to lose, and I wish you all the best. But Bryce has to live every day of the rest of his life knowing that he killed a sweet young girl. I think that is punishment enough, but he does deserve some jail time. But by putting him in jail you are taking him away from his parents as the girl was taken away from hers. I know that she will never come back but why make his friends and family suffer? I know Bryce didnt have any problems and he wasnt using alcohol to mask them and try to solve them. He was a young teenage boy who was drinking with a couple of friends that made the mistake of driving home. Im not saying that Bryce shouldnt be punished and that what he did was acceptable, because its not. Im just tryin to clear things up. I also dont believe that this is a race issue, all the examples that were given are totally diffrent cases with totally diffrent victims, judges, attourneys, and criminals. There is no use in comparing those instances.
  • by R U 4 REAL Location: THE PJ'S on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:21 AM
    Kenyata, I want to say I'm sorry for some of the harsh comments i said. Yes i do stand strong on most of comments. Baby i have been thru death, losing someone very close to me. What God has plan is planned. You nor I can change that. Let what happen to Mr. Crosby be a lesson to all of us, but nothing that he has to do or relive will bring angel cox. I'm going to be the bigger person because i have been there. No honey its not easy, but it will get better in due time. I don't see you on a regular basic, but when i do i will sit you down. Its not about being bold; its about letting you know the world is watching and hearing all kinds of things. Everybody makes miskates including you and yours. Yes your family is the victim. When i see Regina i can see sorrow in her eyes, she hurting and it shows. What i'm saying is don't give the people what they want to see be better than that. Your sign of relief and joy was taking as a game. Yes we all have to grow up. Lets continue to pray!!!!!!!
  • by Kenyata Jackson Location: Chattahoochee Fl on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:15 AM
    First of all I will comment and to r u 4 Real state your name I'm not saying i never drunk and drive since this happen I make better choices as should he and you grew up with me but you're ghetto to you should make a better statement then responded to something as simply minded as this but hey if you're bold why not said that to me.Yes this was close to home to close you better pray this never happen to you and your family and that yhe same people want be making this same sad comments about you an yours anything else just come talk to me because you can only write so much I rather tell you how I truly feel bout your comment. Think about something else to write about if you heart was passionate about the situation you would just sent your sympathy but you're just like the rest of the simple minded people in the world. As i get down to my last letter instead of trying to bast my family or better yet you should be prayer that you never have to go threw this painful experience. GROW UP!!!!
  • by R U 4 REAL Location: CHATTAHOOCHEE,FL on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:27 AM
    YES, KENYATA YOU WHERE IN THE BACKGROUND LAUGHING AND THAT DID NOT LOOK GOOD AT ALL. YOU WONT RESPECT THEN GIVE IT. YOU HAVE GOT DRUNK AND DROVE; HIGH AND DROVE AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE. YOU WAS BETTER OFF NOT RESPONDING TO THE COMMENT. YES REGINA AND JOE LOST A CHILD; AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM. BUT LET IT BE THE JUDGE HAS MADE STATED HIS FINAL WORDS AND SO SHOULD YOU. YES YOU ARE GHETTO, AND I NOT JUDGING YOU I KNOW YOU AND GREW UP WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I HAVE PARTY WITH YA'LL. EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES THIS MISTAKES WAS JUST CLOSE TO HOME
  • by kenyata jackson Location: chattahoochee fl on Jul 21, 2008 at 09:58 AM
    First of all I would like to thank everyone for their prayers my first expression of these comments was why do people want to bring up money an to anonymous who said I was smiling about money you should have been an the courtroom our tears was then afterwards I was happy that the judge said that he have to visits my niece grave he will have to remember the day he took her life. As for forgiveness that came from my heart the money is noy mines an no it will not bring my niece back we don't care about that I will never see that beatiful face again but for those who wrote with sincere thanks it means alot to my family I also fill sympathy for Mr.Crosby family they lost too but we lost more to say I was ghetto never that who is you all to judge when you never was in this situation but hey if you want to know ask God an he shall give you what you want. Again thank you to the grateful people who prayed this is something know one should have to go threw again thanks may my niece rest now.
  • by Machelle Location: Talllahassee on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    I am so sad for Shanesa's family. You are amazing people to demonstrate forgiveness amidst your terrible loss, what a beautiful Godly family you are. Thank you so much. I pray for everyone involved in this case. I know the Crosby's, I am sure the forgiveness means the world to them in their own anguish. I am just so disheartened about it all. I was hit by a drunk driver when I was a teen requiring plastic surgery on my face and impacting my vision and some directional skills. But, I can't even imagine losing such a beautiful child. Everything about this is heart breaking. I pray that it encourages everyone to NEVER EVER get behind the wheel of a car after drinking.
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