Student Dies After Saving Schoolmate's Life In Crash
Published April 12th, 2014
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Residents are calling it a heroic move. Two students in North Central Florida were walking to school, when a truck hit them. One of them died trying to save his schoolmate's life.
Here on County Road 214 and Ranchette Road is where the accident took place. Two keystone heights high school students were walking towards their bus stop Friday morning before things got tragic.
Shane Savoy and Elin Cornett had a routine. Residents in the area say this senior and junior would walk to the bus stop together, usually on their way to Keystone Heights High.
Malisa Cady who lives across the street from the bus stop says she would see the two students almost every day. "One would come from this way and the girl would come from the other way. And like I said they would be out here waiting on the bus with the other kids," said Cady.
Except this time, one of them didn't make it to school. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office a pick-up truck headed in their direction didn't see them and crashed into them. Savoy tried pushing Cornett out of the way, however the right side of the truck still hit him. While Cornett received minor injuries, savoy was flown to UF health with life-threatening injuries and passed away.
Cory Johnson who went to school with Savoy said, "He was in my technology class senior year. He was quiet but liked to talk to everybody and make friends." He believes his former classmate's actions were brave.
"He was really heroic when he did it. It's a shame that he really did pass away. I pray for his family," Johnson added.
The driver stopped to render aid and is not facing any charges or citations at this time.
This is the stop Savoy and Cornett would sit at to wait for the bus. Neighbors say in between the tree and the light not always working that this can be a dark area for drivers. "This light here doesn't work all the time. I believe this tree needs to be taken down,” Cady said.
We did speak to the grandfather off camera-- Who says he's at a loss of words about the whole thing.
Casy also says she knows what it's like to lose a child and can only sympathize with their pain. "It was just too close to home to lose that poor child. And I do want his family to know-- I know exactly what they're going through at this moment cause I lost my son on a road two years ago and it still feels like yesterday."
Family and friends have put these flowers on County Road 214 and Ranchette Road in honor of savoy and his courageous act.
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