Classmates Remember Girl Killed in Williams Road Crash

By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email

[UPDATE] by Lanetra Bennett April 20, 2012 - 6:44pm

Students at Rickards High School are trying to cope with losing a fellow Raider.

15-year-old Allison Walker was killed in a car crash earlier this week.

Friday, students got the opportunity to express their condolences.

Rickards principal, Dr. Michelle Gayle, says 15-year-old Allison Walker loved her school.

She said many of Walker's family members graduated from Rickards. Therefore, Walker's roots run deep at Rickards, and so does the love her fellow students had for her.

"Allison Walker was a proud Raider." Said, Dr. Gayle.

Large signs are posted on the walls of Rickards High School.

The poster boards allow students and staff to share their feelings for 15-year-old Allison Walker.

Dr. Gayle says, "Any time that you lose a member of a school community, it's very tough."

Walker died in a car crash Wednesday afternoon.

Leon County deputies say her 20-year-old sister was driving on Williams Road, lost control of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and then crashed into a tree.

Rickards High School senior Katia Simmons says, "It's sad to know that another student has left us. People walk around sad. We lost a student last year around this time last year--Reshard. It's kind of reminding us of what happened. Another student has left us again."

Walker was a Freshman.

Students have completely covered the posters with words like, "you'll be missed" and "rest in peace."

One comment says, "It will get easier day by day, but it will always hurt."

Dr. Gayle told Eyewitness News, "Every time you would see her, she had a smile on her face. She loved to sing. she was a member of Mr. Lamar's 6th period chorus class. She just loved life."

The school had a moment of silence for Walker at the end of the school day Friday.

Her funeral is set for Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Cody Pentecostal Holiness Church on Tram Road in Monticello.

Dr. Gayle says she will give all of the posters, along with cards that students made to Walker's family.

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[UPDATE] April 20, 2012 - 1:11pm

Students at a local high school are mourning the loss of a friend killed in an accident. They planned an event to remember her today.

See the video above for the full report

Funeral arrangements for Allison Walker have been set for Monday, April 22 at 4pm at Cody Pentecostal Holiness Church. The church is located at 3812 Tram Road in Monticello, Florida.

http://codyphc.org/

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[UPDATE] by Lanetra Bennett - April 19, 2012 - 6:15pm

Eyewitness News has confirmed the 15-year-old killed in a car crash was Rickards High School Student Allison Walker.

We also spoke with drivers on the road where Walker died. She tells us many call Williams Road one of the most dangerous streets around.

Cathy Naracon says she heard sirens.

After living on Williams Road for 30 years, she wasn't surprised there'd been an accident.

15-year-old Allison Walker was killed.

Naracon says, "Sad because the life had just begun and not gotten out into the world and see and live life to the fullest and just has been cut short."

The crash happened Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

Deputies say Walker's sister, 20-year-old Kelsey Walker, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Williams.

Authorities say the jeep swerved, hydro-planed, then smashed into a tree near the intersection of Yashuntafun Road.

"My condolences go out to the family." Says, Naracon.

Deputies say the rainy weather and wet roads that day may have been contributing factors to the crash. Those who drive this road frequently say that's just one of the factors that makes Williams Road dangerous.

Naracon says, "It's kind of like a speedway; and the curve down there is bad."

Area resident Jermaine Sullivan says, "The speed limit may be too fast on this particular road right here."

The speed limit is 45 m.p.h. Sullivan delivers mail on the narrow road.

Sullivan says, "Someone's not going to be paying attention and smash right into the back of me."

Deputies say the Walkers' 19 and 9-year-old cousins were also in the jeep. They were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Grief counselors were on-hand at Rickards High Thursday.

The school held a moment of silence in Walker's memory. School officials plan to have posters and pictures available to allow students to sign special messages to Walker.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL --- April 19, 2012 - Noon -

The driver of an SUV loses control of the vehicle and crashes, killing 15-year-old Allison Walker. Leon County Schools confirms that the victim was a student at Rickards High School.

The crash happened in Tallahassee at around 4:30pm on April 18th on Williams Road off of Apalachee Parkway (US-27). Leon County Sheriff's deputies say a Jeep Grand Cherokee swerved off the road, then on again, and hydro-planed into a tree. The three other people in the SUV, including the driver, were taken to Tallahassee Memorial for minor injuries. The 15-year-old's sister, 20-year-old Kelsey Walker, was driving the vehicle.

Rickards is planning a moment of silence for today or tomorrow.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL --- April 18, 2012

At approximately 4:30 pm, on April 18, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to Williams Road, near the intersection of Yashuntafun Road. Deputies arrived and discovered that a 1994 Jeep Cherokee with four occupants had crashed into a tree. LCSO’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and has initiated the process of collecting forensic evidence from the scene, reconstructing the crash sequence and conducting witness interviews.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Kelsey Walker, 20, was driving the Jeep Cherokee south bound on Williams Road near the intersection of Yashuntafun Road. 19 year old Eve Spence and two
juveniles were passengers in the vehicle. South of Yashuntafun Road, the vehicle swerved out of control, crossed into the oncoming lane, left the roadway and struck a tree.

All four occupants were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Walker, Spence and a 9 year old juvenile were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The 15 year old juvenile died as a result of
injuries sustained in the crash. Eve Spence is the older sister of the 9 year old juvenile. Kelsey Walker is the older sister of the 15 year old juvenile who died. The Walker's and the Spence's are first cousins.

This investigation is continuing and additional information will be made available in the future. Area weather conditions may have been a contributing factor in this crash. No charges have been filed at this time.

Leon County Lieutenant James McQuaig says that Williams Road between Old St. Augustine Road and St. Joe Road is blocked while LCSO investigates this crash.

WCTV will provide more details as they become available, and will update you when the road is re-opened.
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Tallahassee, FL -- April 18, 2012

Tallahassee Fire Department PIO says, the Tallahassee Fire Department received a call around 4:27 PM today, April 18, 2012. The two units that responded from Station 12 and Station 6 found a single vehicle that appeared to have hit a tree. A total of 4 people were in the vehicle. Bellamy says one individual had to be extricated with the "jaws of life."

Three people were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, two without life-threatening injuries, one in serious condition. LCSO is currently investigating. Leon County EMS assisted on scene.

We will bring you more details are they're made available.


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