Rest Easy, Devin

At 2 AM on April 7, 2016 an unknown 16-year-old was whizzing downhill on Highland Park Way SW in a stolen car. The cops were on his tail. The odds were not in the kid’s favor, but he may have figured: What have I got to lose? The worst they can do is throw me in Juvey for a few months. A year tops.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Devin Francis was driving uphill on the same long stretch of road. The 16-year-old swerved into his path, there was a crash, and both young people were killed instantly.

Devin’s people had a special gathering at this spot on what would’ve been his 22nd birthday a few weeks later, and when I stopped by a few days after that, I found all kinds of poignant little signs of how much people were hurting over this. Don’t know if anyone did a shrine for the other kid.

All photos by David Preston. Click to enlarge.


Postscript

A bit of wreckage the clean-up crew missed.

A follow-up story on the local news was critical of the cops:

Friends of man killed in crash want to know why police didn’t back off

You can leave a comment on Devin’s online obit. As of today, three months later, there are only two comments there.

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One Response to Rest Easy, Devin

  1. Trendsetter says:

    Wow. I remember when this happened. Nice coverage. Thanks.

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