my family's reason for wanting JUSTICE is because we dont want this happening again to someone else. This was not his first wreck. He was involved in another wreck in April 2011 where he flipped his car and seriously injured a woman.The wrecks were identical in nature. The police did not do required test This man speeds, drives impaired and text while driving. He has no concern for other people because if he did. He would have had second thoughts before speeding 100 mph .. He is a Liar, deceiver. I dont want another mother or father to go through this pain of lossing a child to this murderer.
Jennifer was not someone to be forgotten or put to the side she was a great person and she left a mark on this world.
Jennifer Justice died Sunday September 25th, 2011. She was invinvolving alcohol and very high speeds. This is to protest drinking and driving and speeding. We all want Justice For Jennifer. People need to realize how their foolish actions can effect the lives of others. Do NOT get behind the wheel and drive when you have been drinking. You could take someone elses life or your own. Laws need to be enforced to the fullest when dealing with these careless type of people. People who made the choice to get behind the wheel drunk need to serve their time for the time they took away from others. Yes God forgives them but they don't need to be able to dodge these laws! These laws should be unforgivable!!!!! Speeding with others in the car is careless and very reckless. You need to take other people's life into consideration when you are driving. YOU commited the crime YOU should pay the TIME!
When William Justice met his daughter’s new boyfriend for the first time Friday evening, he gave the 27-year-old one simple directive.
“I told him, ‘Anytime you’ve got my little girl in your car, don’t do nothing to cause her to get hurt,’” Justice said Tuesday from his home near Stanley. “He said he wouldn’t let nothing happen to her.”
But on Tuesday afternoon, Justice was making funeral arrangements for his daughter, Jennifer Justice, who died in a Sunday night wreck at the age of 21. And her boyfriend, Tyler Shull, of 3296 Old Shelby Road in Hickory, now faces charges of felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired.
At 233 Upper Stanley Road, where Justice lived with her parents, family members gathered Tuesday and watched a photo slideshow on television of a young woman who lived with ultimate enthusiasm. They shared tears and mourned the loss of an aspiring nurse who was as adept at fixing the brakes on her car as she was at mesmerizing listeners with her singing and piano playing.
“This is just a hard time for us,” said William Justice.
One killed, several injured
Justice was a passenger in a 2008 Volkswagen Passat that was northbound on U.S. 321 in Catawba County about 7:06 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle ran off the road and overturned several times near mile marker 38, ejecting Justice and killing her, said N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. B.E. Hipp.
Shull, who was driving the Volkswagen, was released from a nearby hospital after being treated for minor injuries Sunday. After his arrest, he was released from the Catawba County Detention Facility on an unsecured bond Monday.
Shull was driving north on U.S. 321 in the left lane when he came upon a 1996 Jeep Cherokee also traveling north in the right lane, and being driven by 22-year-old Brooke Shipman of Clyde. The speed limit along that stretch is 65 mph, but witnesses to the wreck told investigators that Shull was going much faster.
“Some of the witnesses have estimated he was going 100 mph,” Hipp said.
For a reason state troopers have not determined, Shull suddenly merged into the right lane and struck the left rear corner of the Jeep. Both vehicles veered off the right side of the road and overturned several times. The Volkswagen landed upright after Justice was ejected, while the Jeep came to a stop on its roof.
Justice died at the scene, Hipp said.
Shipman, who is six months pregnant, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with serious injuries, though her condition has improved. Her two passengers in the Jeep, also from Clyde, were also injured and transported to area hospitals.
A blood test was taken on Shull at the hospital. He was charged with driving while impaired based on evidence at the scene, though the test results won’t be available for several weeks, Hipp said.
Shull has no past convictions for driving while impaired, nor any pending DWI charges, Hipp said.
A musical mechanic
Jennifer Justice was known to her friends as “Jenny,” though her father was fond of calling her “Pooh Bear” or “Jenny the Pooh.” She was home-schooled by her parents and earned her GED from Catawba Community College this year.
Justice worked for Security Forces Inc. in Charlotte, and was stationed as a security guard at a business in Lowesville. But she was scheduled to begin taking nursing classes at Catawba Community College next month.
“She was going to be a nurse practitioner,” said her dad.
Justice enjoyed being an aunt to her young niece, and she loved listening to music and going to concerts. Her father’s love of the 1970s rock band KISS rubbed off on her, as did his support of the Pittsburgh Steelers, though she also pulled for the Carolina Panthers.
William Justice also taught his daughter, the youngest of three children, how to work on cars. She had a passion for automobiles, and could do her own brake work and change her oil, among other things.
“If she couldn’t do it, dad showed her how to do it,” said her sister, Sarah Lynn Justice.
Justice was also musically inclined. She took piano lessons from the age of 6 to 15, and had a beautiful voice to match her playing ability, said her family. She was known to plop down in front of a piano on a whim, whenever she came across one, wowing onlookers with her talents. And she could play a tune after simply hearing it, without the need of sheet music.
“She was always giving, loving,” said her mother, April Justice. “Jenny was a very independent person. She was very mature for her age.”
Searching for absolution
Justice and Shull had known each other about two months and had been on several dates together. They had been at the Panthers football game in Charlotte on Sunday — the first one Justice had ever been to — and were returning to his home at the time of the wreck.
Justice sent a text message to her father during the game.
“It said, ‘I’m soaked daddy, but I am fine,’” said William Justice.
Shull came to the Justice home to pay his respects Monday and spoke with several family members, including Justice’s mother.
“He was devastated, very distraught,” said April Justice. “He told me he’d been drinking earlier. He said he’d fallen asleep or passed out at the wheel.”
William Justice and other family members said they are struggling to find forgiveness for Shull.
“We’re trying to think about what Jenny would’ve wanted,” said sister Sarah Justice. “And Jenny would’ve wanted us to forgive him.”
By Michael Barrett
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