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Three crosses mark the site on County Road 30 where Braden Turner, Coby Hines, and Tyler Nelson lost their lives in a car crash on April 26th.
The three boys were all students at Wilson High School. Florence High School students Kate Boggus and Kayle McGee were also in the crash. Florence City School officials tell us both girls are in stable condition.
Monday, dozens of counselors were at Wilson High School to help grieving students. Coby Hine's uncle, Jesse Burns, told us they were so close in age, they were more like brothers. A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Coby's funeral expenses.
"Every room he went into he lit it up, just his attitude and personality," said Burns. "Coby would bring them all over here. I got really close with Coby's friends. They'd all call me uncle Jess, it feels like I could call any of them right now."
Burns and the Shoals community are devastated by the loss of the teens in a deadly car accident Thursday night. St. Florian police told WAAY 31 Boggus was driving when they believe she lost control of the car hitting a gate, then a group of trees on County Road 30. Police said speed and weather were factors in the crash.
"It's terrible when it ends up so tragic like this," said Alisha Albright, whose family owns the land the teens crashed on.
The site where the teens crashed has been turned into a memorial site. Three crosses with all the boys names and numbers they wore in sports are written on the crosses. Flowers, messages from friends, and even a pair of football cleats mark the spot where they came to rest. Albright told WAAY31 she thinks speed bumps should be put in place along County Road 30.
"If you go fast enough over the hill you go airborne a little bit. It's a little like a roller coaster. We don't want something like this to happen again. We would like speed bumps put in on both sides of the hill to prevent this from happening again," said Albright.
Burns agrees, because he said he wouldn't wish this pain of loss on anyone else.
"I feel like there should at least be another stop sign or two or speed bumps," said Burns.
WAAY 31 reached out to the Lauderdale County Road Engineer to see what it would take to get more stop signs or speed bumps in along County Road 30, but haven't heard back from him. Albright and her family tell us they are leaving their land open for people who need to mourn, they just ask that people be respectful.