Abaco car crash victim recently graduated high school

A 17-year-old girl who died after a car crash on Abaco on Monday night graduated from high school last week and had dreams of being a cosmetologist, her grieving grandmother said yesterday.

LaVerne Maynard, 64, said her granddaughter, Shenna Thervil, was just a few weeks shy of her 18th birthday.

Police said the crash happened in Dundas Town, Abaco, shortly before 9 p.m. The driver, a juvenile, was traveling west on George Albury Boulevard and attempted to overtake another car.

That’s when she applied brakes and lost control, causing the car to flip. Police said the victim was ejected from the car. Paramedics raced to the scene and transported the victim to the local clinic where she later died.

Maynard told The Nassau Guardian that her granddaughter was a lovable and beautiful young woman who survived Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic.

I just don’t know what to say,” Maynard said.

“It’s like a dream. I still expect to hear her walk through the door and say, ‘Oh grammy, how you doing?’

“She has such a big beautiful, pretty smile.

“I could just see her with that smile on her face. If only I could see that again. I’ll never see that no more. My baby is gone.”

Maynard said Thervil graduated last Friday from Patrick Bethel High School.

She recalled getting the terrible news on Monday night.

“Her friends came to the house crying and said, ‘Please, please go to the clinic and check and Shenna.’

“I had my son call her mummy and uncle and I stayed home. My son then came and got me. I went to the clinic and on the way to the clinic he said, ‘Mummy you have to prepare for the worst.’

“I said, ‘What is the worst?’

“I said, ‘The worst could only be death.’

“My son didn’t answer me back.

“That is the worse pain ever.” 

Maynard sobbed throughout the interview, breaking down into tears as she described her granddaughter.

“Sheena was a bubbly, lovable young lady,” she said in between sobs. 

“Everybody loved Sheena. She was just a beautiful child and she gone home early.

“Oh God. Oh Jesus. Lord, I thank you.

“She went through the pandemic. She went through Dorian. Now this? Oh lord no. It’s so hard. So hard.”

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Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018.

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