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The Family Of Ronshay Dugans Remembers Her One Year After Her Death

By: Saundra Weathers Email
By: Saundra Weathers Email

FAMU's rattlers kicked off their new football season with a special family cheering them on from the stands.

The family of eight-year-old Ronshay Dugans sat in the bleachers of Bragg Memorial Stadium wearing smiles and rest in peace t-shirts, as they remembered the life charming third grader.

Ronshay's aunt, Josie West said, "This day I didn't want it to be sad at all because Ronshay was always such a happy person."

Ronshay's uncle, Perry West agrees. "We want Ronshay's life to mean something and this is our way of doing that", said West.

Ronshay lost her life last year after a cement truck slammed into the back of the Boys and Girls club bus she was riding on. The driver of the cement truck was fatigued and now the family wants to prevent this tragedy from happening again.

Lucressie Dugans-McGriff is another one of Ronshay's aunts who attended Saturday's game and she said, "We're thinking that if more people become aware of the need not to be exhausted or drowsy while driving, then it will bring more awareness nationwide."

And the Dugans family has a little more to cheer about than just football. They can now celebrate every first week of September as Ronshay Dugans Drowsy Drivers Week.

State Representative Allen Williams presented the family with the resolution passed by the Florida Legislature that establishes the week in her honor. The Ronshay Dugans Drowsy Drivers Week is designed to bring awareness about the dangers of driving while fatigued.

State Representative Alan Williams said, "It's fitting that we do it here at the Florida A&M game because Ronshay was a big supporter of FAMU and her big brother is also a player on this team. So we know her spirit will always be here."

And it's that winning spirit that's staying with the team.


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