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Aimee Elisabeth Powell was on her way to Southlake Christian Academy where she taught elementary school when she was struck head-on by another vehicle. The collision occurred in Huntersville, NC, around 7 a.m. Thursday morning, less than a quarter mile from the school. Unfortunately, the young and beloved teacher lost her life as a result of the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle, 19-year-old Stephen Todd Richard, sustained serious injuries and remained in the hospital as of Friday morning, January 22. According to police, there is no evidence of drugs, alcohol or texting involved in the moments before Richard crossed the centerline. Is it possible that Richard, a young and inexperienced driver, was not paying close enough attention to driving? Perhaps he was distracted by an undetermined factor.

Whatever the case, Richard’s life has forever been changed. Upon his recovery, it’s conceivable that Richard could face criminal charges.

A number of grieving students, coworkers, friends and family have also had their lives forever changed by the loss of Aimee Powell. According to an article from WIS News 10 in Columbia, SC (where Aimee graduated from Columbia International University), the people who were close to Aimee “are finding comfort in the fact that she was a Christian.” Clearly, the young woman made a positive impact on the lives of those around her, and she will be missed.

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