Nowadays, travel from one place to another has become very fast and convenient, so many people travel hundreds of miles from home to the workplace. Nevertheless, fast travel poses new challenges, and road safety is one of them. The demise of Rachel Stone in a tragic road accident highlights the poor state of road safety and warrants educating commuters about road safety and stressing planners for ensuring maximum road safety.
In this article, we’ll not only discuss who Rachel Stone was and how her life was lost in a preventable road accident but also will discuss the need for taking all measures to prevent such incidents in future.
The Missing Rachel Stone – Who Was She?
Rachel Stone was a physical education and health teacher at Lee’s Summit High School. She was a committed teacher who has trained and mentored many students during her 20 years of dedicated services in the education sector.
Stone was also very much involved in the Lee’s Summit community. She used to run social media for Summit Lanes Bowling Alley and was a member of Open Range Fellowship Church.
Her students and fellow teachers, as well as community members, were shocked to hear about her sudden demise, and they all will miss her absence as a wonderful person, dedicated trainer and coach and thoughtful community member.
Details of the Accident
Like many other people in her neighborhood, Rachel Stone used to commute by car daily from her home to work. On the fatal day of February 16, she was driving her 2021 Chevrolet Malibu on U.S 50 Highway to reach her work when a tractor trailer – 2012 Freightliner collided head on with her car.
According to the preliminary incident reports, while she was driving on US 50 Highway, the driver of a Tractor Trailer coming from her opposite direction lost control and hit her car after breaking the lane. As a result of collusion, she was seriously injured and died on the spot.
A thorough investigation into the accident is underway and Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident to determine the cause of the accident.
Rachel Stone’s Legacy
Rachel was a very much beloved teacher, coach, wife and mother and she was well known for her kindness, energy and passion for teaching. She taught physical education at Lee’s Summit Schools for 23 years and trained and coached many students.
One of Rachel Stone’s students, Ashley Bakes, who was trained by her in Volleyball, said that Stone was the most genuine person she had ever met. She always made us have a good time at practice.
Beside teaching at Lee’s Summit School, Stone was also very much involved in the Lee’s Summit community. She used to run social media for Somerset Lanes bowling alley and she was also a member of Open Range Fellowship Church.
Stone has left behind her husband Scott, and two children. Scott works as a teacher at Bernard Campbell Middle School. Upon an inquiry about how much he missed her, Scott said she would be missed by all who knew her. She was truly a caring spirit.
Wider Impact and Lessons
To sum up, the tragic accident has shocked the whole community and highlighted the importance of educating commuters about road safety. The incident has also sensitized the community in the area about the need for road safety, and now the community is publicity demanding from authorities to improve the state of road safety in the area.
Whether we are able to mobilize our grief and sorrow into a massive movement for road safety or forget this incident, like many similar avoidable tragic deaths, is yet to be seen over time.