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Family warned Clay County crash victim of CR 209

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Updated: 12/23/2013 8:42 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The stepfather of a Clay County woman who died in a car crash along County Road 209 said he has warned his step-daughter about the stretch of road in the past.

Shanice Johnson, 23, had her whole life ahead of her.

According to her stepfather Ronnie Hooks, she was getting ready to move back to New Jersey, but those plans were shattered Saturday night when her silver Hyundai was struck in a head-on collision in Green Cove Springs.

"I just miss her. That's my baby girl," said Hooks.

Hooks said he has warned her to avoid taking CR 209 in the past.

"Because those back roads have no lights and especially 209 is a very curvy road," said Hooks.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Johnson was traveling northbound and Stacey Peternel, 37, was driving a red Dodge in the opposite direction.

The FHP is still investigating which car crossed over the center lane causing the accident. Moments after the initial impact a marked Clay County patrol car also struck Johnson's car. Both women were pronounced dead on the scene.

Johnson's 2-year-old daughter was riding in the back seat of the car. The toddler wasn't seriously hurt, but Hooks said he fears her wounds won't be physical.

"How am I going to tell her that her mother is dead? Because she's going to come here looking for her momma," said Hooks.

According to Hooks, Johnson was working at a local nursing home and was getting ready to pursue a medical assistant's license. The family is making arrangements to ship the body to New Jersey to be buried in her hometown.

There were passengers in the other two vehicles involved, including an inmate and civilian observer in the deputy's vehicle. The FHP said none of the passengers, including the deputy, were seriously hurt.

Charges are still pending.

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tlynn - 12/24/2013 2:21 PM
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That's crazy! Both women are dead! Are they going to charge the toddler? Or maybe the officer that crashed into them after the fact? More info to come I assume!?!

Truthseeker - 12/24/2013 7:43 AM
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With the way people drive these days, there is no way to make any of our roadways completely safe.

Truthseeker - 12/24/2013 7:26 AM
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"Charges are still pending." Who are they going to charge?
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