Family remembers accident victim; others still in hospital

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News 12 First at Five, August 23, 2007

THOMSON, Ga. - The Thomson community is grieving after 20-year-old Steven Wilson died and six others were injured in a car accident on Highway 17 near Dye's Restaurant.

Wilson graduated from Thomson High School in 2006. His mom, Carla Lampp says Steven could make anyone smile.

"Basically he was quite the prankster," said Lampp.

He was one of seven children and spent a lot of his time working at Best Western Hotel. His co-workers say he was a joy to be around.

"I'd come in and he'd say, 'Hey, how ya' doing?' even if I was half asleep," says Pamela Couch, who worked with Wilson for eight months.

Steven loved playing the flute. His Mom says what he loved even more was sharing his talents with others.

"Two young ladies that came to the room last night said he taught us to play the flute because he played the flute," said Lampp.

Lampp says what she wants people to remember most about Steven is his love for life.

"Today instead of the big floral thing that goes on the casket--that's really not Steven--I went and just bought a gigantic stuffed octopus. He was like that. He liked to make people smile and joke around," Wilson's mother said.

The other people involved in the accident are still in the hospital. Crystal Williams is in critical condition at MCG. Eric Hannah, the other driver, is also in critical condition. 18-year-old Hannah was a former football star at Jefferson County High School and was planning to go to college soon.

State Patrol has not released a final report on the accident yet.

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