State Road 112, not far from Sunday's fatal crash site
Michael Best, Cairo High School Online School Director
GA 112 at mile marker 6, near the site of Sunday's fatal crash
CAIRO, GA (WALB) -
Family and friends of a Grady County teenager Monday are mourning the loss of the young man who would have turned 19 today, if not for a fatal crash Sunday.
Kedric Bell just graduated from Cairo high school last Thursday. Teachers said he had a bright future and recently discovered a love of working with children.
Bell was a standout student in the school's Workforce Investment Act program, which allows students to take online classes and gain real world working experience through businesses connected to the school. And he was recently hired with the daycare he had been working with.
A charismatic, loveable young man full of life. Just a few words one of Kedric Bell's teachers used to describe the teen who was killed in a car wreck yesterday afternoon.
"He would always, everyday he would leave class, he would say 'Mr. Best, I love you. I'll see you tomorrow,'" said Michael Best, Cairo High School Online School Director.
Bell was riding in his friend's 1981 Chevy Monte Carlo heading south on State Road 112 Sunday afternoon.
Troopers said the driver, 18-year-old Shaunta Dismuke, tried to pass another car heading south that was turning into a driveway. Troopers say Bell wasn't wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from the car when the two collided.
"He has several brothers and sisters that either graduated from Cairo high, or are still going to Cairo school," said Best. "So, he has a very big family, a very loving family, and they were all very close to each other. I know it's very hard on them."
Bell originally had an interest in becoming a truck driver. But as the school year came to a close, his teachers noticed the young man was discovering some different talents.
"He was working at one of our local day care centers, and he fell in love with it. The kids fell in love with him...just had a real natural talent with those young kids," Best said. "And in fact, the preschool director told our WIA director several times, and said he ought to think about going into teaching."
And the teen was ready to celebrate another special occasion this holiday weekend.
"It's very sad that Monday was his birthday...Memorial Day. So, just a couple of days after he graduated and the day before he was to celebrate his birthday," said Best.
Best said the teen was presented with a W.I.A. student of the year award at his graduation.
Troopers said the driver of the Monte Carlo and another passenger riding with Bell were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Bell was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities said the other driver was not hurt. The crash remains under investigation, and authorities said they could file charges.