Georgia resident, Shannon Hamilton recently lost his daughter to a car accident in which the truck she was riding in went over a bridge. Cecily Hamilton and the teen driver she was with, both passed away from drowning after the fall.
Not wanting any parent to endure the pain he has faced at the loss of a child, Cecily’s father began a petition to urge local officials to erect a safety barricade on the bridge at the same location that his daughter plunged to her death.
One month and 3,000 signatures later, nothing had been done by the city to ensure the safety of others traveling over the bridge.
So Hamilton took action. Citing “reckless disregard” by others, he installed the safety barricades himself.
There are currently barricades along the length of the bridge, but none at the entrance after the curve. Had there been barricades, Hamilton’s father believes that the teenagers may still be alive today.
Since this tragic accident, the father of 16-year-old Cecily, Shannon Hamilton, has been attempting to get the county to construct barricades to prevent any more lives being lost. Unsatisfied with the county seeming to blow off the issue, the grieving father decided to take matters into his own hands to make his community a safer place. Hamilton began constructing temporary safety features himself using materials donated by neighbors.
The city responded – not with praise and thanks – but by having Hamilton arrested.
Hamilton’s son posted video of the arrest online:
The description reads: “My dad, Shannon Hamilton, was arrested today for attempting to put up temporary barricades on the gene nix Rd. Bridge. White county”
He was arrested and charged with “Criminal Interference With Government Property.”
The local District Attorney has not decided whether to move forward with the case, but did say he’d consider the tragedy Hamilton has had to endure when making a decision.
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