Hit-and-run case in Destin remains active 15 years since the death of the 15-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky.
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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for information on the death of Shelly Meadors, a vacationing teenager from Louisville, Kentucky, who was killed in a hit-and-run 15 years ago in Destin.
According to an OCSO Facebook post, 15-year-old Michelle “Shelly” Meadors was one of three girls standing on the eastbound sidewalk of U.S. Highway 98 in Destin near the Big Kahuna’s Water Park on the evening of Aug. 10, 2002. A vehicle struck two of the girls as they stood on the sidewalk. It then continued eastbound without the driver stopping, calling, and/or rendering any aid.
Meadors was killed as a result of the injuries she suffered when struck, dying around noon the next day at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. This case is still open, according to OCSO, and remains unsolved.
Anyone with information can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at 850-863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.
Tipsters can remain anonymous and there is a reward of up to $3,000 offered for information which leads to an arrest in this case.
From the Daily News archives, witnesses said the truck that struck the girls — a full-size white pickup with an extended cab, likely pulling a small boat on a trailer — did not stop or even slow down after the collision.
The truck would have likely sustained heavy damage to its passenger side, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rick Hord from an Aug. 14, 2002 Daily News story.
Also hit by the pickup were teenagers Tiffany Logsdon and Lauren Smith, who were vacationing with Meadors from Louisville. In fact, Meaders was helping Logsdon tie her halter top when the truck struck the girls.
Logsdon, whose leg was injured in the accident, was in a wheelchair for nearly a month and took several months before starting the next school year.
“How do you do that to someone?” asked OCSO Capt. Ken Christmas. “How do you not even hit your brakes?”
“I’m going to represent my baby,” said Belinda Meadors, Shelly’s mother, after returning to Destin in September 2002. “You don’t run over someone and leave them there to die.
“It’s called murder.”
“She’d always tell me, Mommy, I’m going to be something someday,’ ” Belinda added. “And she was something.
“She was the most extraordinary girl you could imagine.”