Teacher Remembers Teen Killed in Crash

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email
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By: Mike Springer
May 27, 2013

Cairo, GA - Eighteen-year-old Kedric Bell was a wide-eyde, smiling teen whose journey through life was just beginning.

"His entire face would light up when he smiled. He would pass you in the hallway and just give you a big grin," said Michael Best, who taught Bell at Cairo High School.

Bell was killed in a crash over Memorial Day Weekend. The car he was in hit another and flipped over several times.

Bell was ejected and taken to the hospital where he later died.

Georgia State Patrol says Bell was not wearing a seat belt.

Just days before Bell was killed, he had walked across the stage at Cairo High School for Graduation.

Best is the Online Director at Cairo High School and has known Bell since Bell was a freshman.

Best's last memory of him was calling Bell's name and handing him his diploma on graduation day.

"I remember just shaking his hand and him giving me a hug and a big smile and saying,'I'm not going to let you down. I'm going to be very successful and thank you for everything,' " said Best.

Best says he will never forget the kind of person Bell was.

"He enjoyed life. He was a very personable young man who would want to be remembered for his smile and how he treated people," said Best.

Bell was set to start working at a daycare-center after graduation.

Two other people were in the car with Bell and also injured in the crash.

The Georgia State Patrol expects both of them to be okay.


By: Mike Springer
May 26, 2013

Grady County, GA - A Cairo teen is dead after a crash in South Georgia Sunday.

Georgia State Patrol says 18-year-old Kedric Bell was killed when the car he was riding in flipped over several times and he was ejected.

Bell was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. near mile marker five on State Road 112 in Grady County.

The GSP says an '81 Monte Carlo was traveling south behind an '07 Nissan when the Nissan made a left turn into a private driveway and it was sideswiped by the Monte Carlo. As a result, the Monte Carlo flipped over multiple times.

According to GSP, the Monte Carlo's driver, 18-year-old Shaunta Dismuke and an unidentified 18-year-old male passenger were also hurt. Both are also from Cairo.

GSP says their injuries are not life-threatening. It says the driver of the Nissan was not hurt.

GSP also says no one in the Monte Carlo was wearing a seat belt.

The accident is under investigation, but GSP says charges are pending. The road was shutdown for a few hours while troopers investigated, it has since reopened.


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