Thomson community mourns second accident victim

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, August 24, 2007

THOMSON, Ga.---A second person has now died after Sunday night's (August 19) bad wreck in McDuffie County.

Coroner Rhusha Mack says 16-year-old Chrystal Williams died at MCG. She was in the car with 20-year-old Steven Wilson, who was also killed.

Williams was a student at Thomson High School. Counselors were on hand Friday to help students cope with the news of her death. People who live in Thomson say it'll be a long time beofre life is back to normal.

"The young man's life was taken in the accident. My heart goes out to his family. It was a young girl that died today. My heart goes out to the family of her too. She was so young," said Doris Gates, a resident a Thomson.

William Hall and Karen Meeks are neighbors. They say the accident happened within walking distance of their homes.

"I've been living [on highway 17] for 57 years. It's a dangerous road," said 83 year-old Hall.

Meeks said that the entire community is greiving, "It's very much saddened the community. It's effected everybody in a different way, but mostly because of the tragedy of the whole thing. It's just sad."

Even those who didn't know Chrystal Williams or Steven Wilson personally are feeling the impact of losing two people who had so much life to live.

"It's not for us to pass judgement, but I will say that I pray they're in a better place," said Gates.

Several members of a Jefferson County family were in the other vehicle and are in the hospital with serious injuries.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    i dnt under stand the whole thing to tell you the truth i loved steven. i just dnt get it. he meant everything to me. i reallly didnt expect it. its horrible that they blamed him for the accident just because he was the one who passed away i guess they thought it made things easy but i hurt many people.the whole thing is just stupid!! i miss him lots!!!
  • by christen Location: gibson on Apr 16, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    i was stevens ex girlfriend the whole thing was terrible to me i miss him so much. i really didnt know crystal but im sure she was a good person.
  • by Katelyn Location: Wrens on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:56 AM
    I am best friends with Chrystal's sister. Im sure she was a great person,i didnt know her. I know her fmily and friends miss her alot.
  • by Scarlette Location: Hephziabh on Aug 28, 2007 at 06:36 AM
    I think it's a crying shame that good pets are being used for this hanis reason. My daughter loves animals and she would rather die herself than to hurt another of God's creatures. I know that it's giving pit bulls a bad name for the owners to use them in that way. I live close to burke county where we have found a dog that had the signs of being in fights. It's not pretty and it's cruel. The animal only wants someone to love it like every human being on earth does. If you were treated like that, how would you feel? Think about it. How would you feel after getting beat up by your spouse or your boyfriend? You'd want to cry and feel like no one loved you either. The dogs go through tramatic things in the wake of being trained. I have a dog myself and he's like my other child. I couldn't live without him. I believe they should put these people in jail and charge them with just more than cruelty to animals. I think the fines should be a lot stiffer too.
  • by Jessica Wilson Location: Dearing on Aug 27, 2007 at 02:43 PM
    Chrystal was a very good person. She always made everyone laugh. Me and her were good friends and all my prayers will go out to her family. We will all love and miss chrystal to death. There are still people at school crying including me and i will miss her alot. Chrystal always made people smile. In this news article they need to put more info about her. She was a great student said some of her teachers. Espically Mr. Pope. WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS YOU CHRYSTAL LEIGH WILLIAMS. IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHRYSTAL LEIGH WILLIAMS. I LOVE YOU BABYGURL!!!!
  • by anonymous Location: thomson on Aug 27, 2007 at 01:21 PM
    her funeral was yesterday.
  • by anonymous Location: thomson on Aug 27, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    have any arrangements been made regarding chrystal?
  • by wyman Location: wrens on Aug 26, 2007 at 06:49 PM
    i am a firefighter for the city of wrens also with avera fire dept. i run these type of call all the time. sorry about your lostwe know that she is in haven smileling
  • by Jude Location: Dearing Ga on Aug 25, 2007 at 04:56 PM
    Maybe if they do a follow-up, they can speak to people that knew and loved her. Chrystal was a very sweet young lady and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
  • by Chiquita Location: JEFFERSON COUNTY on Aug 25, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    My prays goes out Eric Hannah and his family, hoping that they will be alright. Always keeping GOD first may he BLESS you all.
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