Mile to Remember Young Bus Crash Victim

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Ronshay Dugans was killed in September when a cement truck slammed into her school bus--carrying 27 children. Now, the spot on Capital Circle where it all happened bears her name in remembrance.

The paint can still be seen on the strip of road where investigators pieced together the final moments of Ronshay's young life. "Well, they'll see it when they go around that curb, they'll see it." said Ronshay's adoptive mother, Josie West, as they watched workers put up a "Drive Safely" mile marker in memory of Ronshay.

Now, her family is hoping the sign will help drivers remember safety--when they remember their little girl. Kathryn Dugans, Ronshay's Grandmother said, "When people pass by here, when people look over here, they're going to think about what happened right here and they'll slow up. So I mean, it's a good thing, but I never thought I would be standing up here doing this."

Even the newly elected representative Alan Williams attended the casual memorial--with plans to help prevent such a loss in the future. "We want to make sure that her life and we want folks to remember this beautiful spirit, but we also want folks to be safe and do all we can to make sure that something like this never happens again." said Williams.

For West, she says the family is taking it one day at a time--with this being a better day than most. "This right here it helps a little, but you know I'm thankful for it that other people will see this sign and be careful about driving." said West.

At Ronshay Dugans Boys and Girls Club, a dance room was dedicated to her. Also, Representative Alan Williams says he, Senator Al Lawson, and others hope to develop a law to make streets safer in Ronshay Dugans name.


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  • by DORIS Location: MONTICELLO FLORIDA on Dec 18, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    TO THE DUGAN'S FAMILY, OUR FAMILY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. MY SON WAS THE CEMENT TRUCK DRIVER. I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT THIS WILL BE A DAY THAT HE WILL NEVER FORGET. HE IS DEEPLY DEEPLY HURT BY THIS. LIKE HE SAID IF HE HAD KNOWN THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIM THAT DAY HE WOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT HOME TO GO TO WORK. WE CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT HE CAME TO HIS FATHER AND I AND TOLD US HE HAD SAW RONSHAY IN A DREAM AND SHE CAME TO HIM AS WOMAN OF ABOUT THE AGE OF TWENTY. SHE WALK UP TO HIM AND SPOKE TO HIM. AND ASK HIM DID HE KNEW WHO SHE WAS. HE SAID NO. AND SHE TOLD HIM SHE WAS THE LITTLE GIRL THAT WAS IN THE BUS ACCIDENT. THEN SHE GAVE HIM HER NAME. HE SAID SHE WAS SMILING AND SAID TO HIM I AM DOING FINE. AND TOLD HIM TO HOLD HIS HEAD UP AND KEEP PRAYING TO GOD. THERE HE SAW AN ANGEL BOW HER HEAD REACH OUT TO HIM AND RONSHAY AND SAID AMEN. MY SON IS STILL CRYING EACH AND EVERY DAY. HE IS NOT THE MONSTER HE IS MADE OUT TO BE.
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