LOCUST SHORES — Greg Beasley, a chaplain with the Quad-Cities State Troopers post, said he didn’t know Shelia Warren, but learned others thought of her as special.
“I heard nothing but good things about her. Her goodness, her kindness and her love for her children,” Beasley said.
Warren, 34, of Tuscumbia, was killed Wednesday morning when the 2001 Ford car she was driving slammed into the back of a log truck on U.S. 72 near the Florida Lane intersection east of the Alabama 247.
The accident was reported just after 5 a.m., according to Colbert County 911 officials.
The truck, which had just turned east onto U.S. 72 from Alabama 247, was driven by Anthony Richard Ford, 39, of Vina. He was not injured, troopers said.
Warren was pronounced dead at the scene by Colbert County Coroner Carlton Utley.
Warren’s 4-year-old daughter, Diamond Warren, was a passenger in the car. She was treated at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, hospital officials said.
“(Diamond) is doing fine; she has a few scratches to her face, but physically she seems to be OK,” said her grandmother, Debbie Warren.
Emergency crews at the scene said the girl was in the passenger side back seat and was still in her car seat when they arrived.
“The call was that it was a wreck with entrapment. We didn’t know how bad it was until we got there and had no idea the little girl was in the back seat,” said Diane Renard, assistant chief of Locust Shores Volunteer Fire Department.
Debbie Warren said Shelia Warren had been to Cherokee to pick up her daughter, who spent the night with her father.
“She was on her way home when this happened,” Debbie Warren said.
Shelia Warren also is the mother of two sons — Blake, 19, and Robert, 17.
“She loved her children, and she was a good-hearted person,” Debbie Warren said.
Beasley said he went to the scene to be there in case family members arrived, and then went on to Helen Keller Hospital.
“I met there with the little girl’s dad and we talked,” Beasley said. “Everyone I talked with told me what a sweet person (Shelia Warren) was and what a great mother she was. There was nothing but good things said about her. She must have been a special person.”
Debbie Warren said it was tough Wednesday dealing with the tragedy.
“I don’t know how people who don’t have faith get through this,” she said. “I know God is healing our sorrows.”
The accident remains under investigation.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.