Joint funeral services have been planned for today at 1 p.m. for Lorenzo “Renzo” D’Wayne Boyd, 18 and DeMarco Shemwell, 18 after they were fatally injured in an automobile accident last Friday. The services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Trigg County High School gym. (The full details of the funeral are on page A6).
The two were students at the school along with Taylor Smith, 17 and Christopher Williams, 18, who were injured in the same accident.
Williams was treated and released from Trigg County Hospital and Smith was released Monday from Vanderbilt Medical Center where he had been treated for head injuries. Both Williams and Smith were transported to Trigg County Hospital by ambulance and Smith was later flown to Nashville for his injuries.
Boyd and Shemwell were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred on Cerulean Road by Trigg County Coroner John Vinson. Both bodies were found some 50 feet away from the overturned vehicle, the coroner said.
According to a report from the Kentucky State Police, the four students were in a 1993 red Cadillac when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the road at a high rate of speed. Trooper Chris Smith said in his report that Taylor Smith was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident. However, a conflicting report indicates that Williams may have been the driver, although the car was reported to be owned by Smith’s grandmother.
A Trigg County resident told The Cadiz Record he encountered the Cadillac only a few minutes before the fatal accident occurred. On a condition that his name not be used, he said the car met his vehicle on Line Street and he was forced off the road to avoid a collision. He said he was not familiar with other occupants, but did know Smith.
He said at the time he saw the car Smith was in the front passenger seat.
The accident was reported at 12:40 p.m. on December 23 and in addition to Trooper Smith, members of the Trigg County Ambulance Service, Rescue Squad, Trigg County Sheriff’s Department and Cadiz Police responded.
In his report, Trooper Smith said his investigation showed that none of the occupants were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Attempts were made to reach the trooper but he did not return telephone calls by press time. State Police Information Officer Barry Meadows was out of the office for the holidays.
The investigation by Smith is continuing, according to his report.