Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2005
in the Florida Times-Union
Road-rage crash vehicle found
A vehicle being sought since a road-rage crash Nov. 13 in which a 24-year-old woman died has been found, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
No charges have been filed against the Ponte Vedra Beach man who owns the vehicle, officials said Monday. The Times-Union is not identifying him because he has not been charged.
Authorities had been looking for a champagne-colored 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser since Kierra Shore, a Jacksonville single mother of twins, died when she was partially ejected from her 1989 Ford Taurus after swerving off the road to avoid a crash on Butler Boulevard east of San Pablo Road.
Law enforcement authorities said they identified the sport utility vehicle driver after a witness came forward with tag information after news reports about the crash.
Shore got on the road at Hodges Boulevard about 11:05 a.m. and drove into the inside eastbound lane in front of a Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle, causing that driver to brake, FHP said. The SUV driver tried to change lanes to pass Shore but couldn't and started tailgating her vehicle, the Highway Patrol said in its report.
When the SUV was able to get in front of Shore's car, a witness said the driver tapped the brakes, which caused Shore's vehicle to swerve off the road and partially eject her from the vehicle.
"We're glad the person has been found," said Mari-jane Shore, Kierra Shore's mother. "... There's no justice. There's nothing that can repay her life. We want the person to know what they did and that may be all the satisfaction we get."
Published on Thursday, November 17, 2005
in the Florida Times-Union
New information in crash
Witnesses to a fatal traffic accident Sunday in Jacksonville have given investigators new information about a sport utility vehicle that drove away after being involved in the accident on Butler Boulevard.
Lt. Bill Leeper of the Florida Highway Patrol said detectives were told the gold or beige vehicle may be a Toyota Land Cruiser. Earlier, police and the Highway Patrol were looking for a gold or champagne Infiniti QX4.
The vehicle's driver had not been found Wednesday, three days after witnesses said the driver swerved and braked in front of a car driven by Kierra Shore, 24, of Jacksonville, who was killed when she lost control of her car after being cut off.
Shore was the single mother of twin toddlers.
Leeper said anyone with information about the sport utility vehicle can call investigators at (904) 695-4115, extension 455.
Published on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
in the Florida Times-Union
Road-rage crash kills mom of twins
This would be the first Christmas the twins would remember.
A couple of months shy of their second birthday, Jacksonville toddlers Alexa and Tristan Shore would wake up on Dec. 25 and tear open the presents their single mother, Kierra Shore, 24, worked extra shifts at her two jobs to buy.
But the joys of the holiday season were far from the Shore family's thoughts Monday as they wondered how someday they'd explain to the twins how their mother's life ended in a road-rage crash Sunday as she drove to her job at the Applebee's in Jacksonville Beach.
Kierra Shore, 24, died in a road-rage crash on Butler Boulevard Sunday morning..
Police on Monday were still looking for the unidentified driver of a gold or champagne Infiniti QX4 sport utility vehicle they said fled the scene.
"She was trying to get ready for Christmas and all the expenses of Christmas," Kierra's mother, Mari-jane Shore said, clutching photos of her daughter and twin granddaughter and grandson.
Tears rimmed her eyes as well as those of her husband, Brian, a retired Air Force official and nine-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The couple pleaded for the SUV's driver to come forward.
"Please do the right thing," Shore said. "Be human. Come forward. Just come forward and give us the truth."
The crash happened about 11:15 a.m. on Butler Boulevard just east of San Pablo Road. Florida Highway Patrol said Kierra Shore drove her 1989 Ford Taurus onto Butler Boulevard at the Hodges Boulevard entrance. She got into the eastbound inside traffic lane before the driver of a speeding sport utility vehicle started tailgating her, FHP said.
Twins Tristan and Alexa Shore were orphaned when their mother was forced off the road by a speeding Infiniti SUV.
The SUV's driver tried to change lanes but couldn't at first because of other traffic, authorities said. Shore sped up and the SUV's driver changed lanes, trying to pass her. When the SUV did pass, the driver cut in front of Shore and hit the brakes for no reason, FHP said.
Shore, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, steered to the right to avoid a collision, sending her car into the guardrail and partially ejecting her, according to authorities. The SUV never stopped.
"We want them to know they cost a life," Mari-jane Shore said. "She's not just nobody. She has a family, children."
People with information about the crash can call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).
Kierra Shore graduated from First Coast High School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the bowling team. A few weeks ago, she and her twins moved into an apartment off Monument Road with her fiance, Darnell Wattley, whom she met at a nightclub in January.
Wattley was baby-sitting the sleeping twins Sunday when Kierra Shore's father and Highway Patrol officers arrived at the apartment to tell him about the wreck.
"I'm all out of tears," Wattley said Monday. "I'm just angry. Luckily, the kids weren't in the car. I just hope they catch him before [he runs] somebody else off the road with kids in the car."
A fund to provide for the future education of Alexa and Tristan Shore has been set up at Vystar Credit Union.