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Audio: B98.5 FM’s Kelly Stevens discusses fatal 400 wreck

Kelly Stevens thanks everyone for their well wishes. He will be in the hospital for a few days.

Kelly Stevens thanks everyone for their well wishes. He will be in the hospital for a few days.

A head-on collision on Georgia 400 this morning claimed the life of a 22-year-old Alpharetta woman and injured B 98.5 FM personality Kelly Stevens.

“He is in good spirits and thanks everyone for their well wishes,” his on-air companion Vikki Locke posted on her Facebook fan page with this photo. “His left arm and leg are broken…As of now they say he can expect to be there four more days. He remembers everything that happened in vivid detail.”

Authorities say Carlyn Emily Royball, 22, of Alpharetta, was driving northbound in the southbound lanes when she struck Stevens’ SUV head-on. He discussed the wreck by phone with Locke this morning while still in the Grady emergency room. Stevens suffered a broken arm and leg but said he was ok. He became emotional when discussing the fatally injured motorist.

“It just happened so fast, there was nothing I could do,” he said.

Click the player below to listen to the call.


19 comments Add your comment

Big Al

August 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

Get well soon, Kelly.

Jelly Sandwich Meat

August 24th, 2012
1:14 pm

This is sad…..Not that someone died and another was injured….No. it’s sad because you know, the radio station was filled with glee that they could have an inside track on this story. Now here in the AJC and certainly on WSB news tonight.

The proper thing would have been to report the DJ’s injuries, his prognosis and leave it at that.

What a sad, sick race we are.

Al

August 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

I agree with the previous post.
The radio station cares more about ratings than the DJ.

Mr. Ed

August 24th, 2012
2:27 pm

More than slightly insensitive to the family of young lady in the other vehicle.

Praveen

August 24th, 2012
8:26 pm

Mr Ed, that family of the young lady should be grateful that their daughter did not kill another guy like Frampere Ingle did a week ago to an innocent man driving in the right direction on the same highway.

This young lady was arrested 3 years ago, http://georgia.arrests.org/Arrests/Carlyn_Royball_6380096/

And then you combine that little piece of trivia with her driving at 3:30am wrong way, I am willing to wager she was either texting and ddriving or drunk or high as hell.

I will say this. DOT is stupid sometimes when they put a WRONG WAY sign right in the middle of the median of an entry/exit ramp facing stright down the middle as to confuse someone which side is supposed to be the wrong way, the exit or the entry side? But in this case, anyone sober should not be confused as I use those exits.

Praveen

August 24th, 2012
8:29 pm

I dont’ know why my last commment did not get posted. But here goes again.
The lady is not some innocent youngin.
Google her name with georgia arrests org . You will see her mugshot.
I am willing to bet that she never went to college, probably was up partying. even if you made a mistake , why wouldnt you pull to the shoulder if you were sober? That’s why I think she was drunk or high.

cuz

August 24th, 2012
10:05 pm

Praveen,

You are definitely opinionated and incorrect with some of your facts. You are correct that she was a young lady that can no longer correct her mistakes. I do believe that kids that go to college may be out partying too!!! It a shame that this happened. Stop being so judgmental!!! I am sure that this girl has a family that will be missing her. And if she was drinking maybe someone will learn from this and think before they drive.

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Praveen

August 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

cuz, yes I am opinionated. I did not state any facts other than one – she was arrested once before. ANd google her name and the website I gave you and you will see her picture. Sure does one arrest mean she is a terrible person? No. But you put that together with the fact that not only did she enter the ramp the wrong way, but continued to drive for probably a mile or so means that she was most probably impaired. OK, the college one was a cheap shot. But what is the difference between her and FRAMPERE INGLE ? We are lucky that the victim in this latest incident did not die.

If she was some ghetto thug, maybe you would not be so charitable to this person. Did she deserve to die? Certainly not. But you cannot dismiss her life choices. I have a hard time believing the sunny portrait her friends give or maybe they are just as reckless as she is and think that is acceptable. Ingle’s friends said the same thing about her critics and guess what, it does turn out she was impaired.

Praveen

August 24th, 2012
11:17 pm

cuz, I only stated one fact – she was arrested at least one time before. The rest was pure opinion. So what facts do you say are incorrect? Some of Frampere Ingle’s friends asked us to wait before judging her and guess what she was impaired. To drive that far on the highway the wrong way, one has to be impaired.

Wowreally?!

August 25th, 2012
5:16 am

Jelly Sandwich Meat, I totally agree with you. What a sad, sick race we have become. This is tragic, and radio station could have shown more compassion. Does that make a for “A good show” these days? UGH! Society is so disgraceful.

Praveen, Why don’t you stop being so quick to judge a 22-year-old girl and open your eyes. You’re comparing an arrest record of a young adolescent to a local celebrity.. GOOD JOB! You honestly think you’re so perfect? I bet you have made many mistakes in your lifetime. How dare you speak about this young lady as if you were a fly on the wall throughout her life. Please stop living in your denial. It’s people like you who breed sheeple. Since when you do have to attend college to be an upstanding citizen? So now society thinks college kids don’t party? How warped is that thought? Drugs and/or alcohol is to blame.. maybe so.. but who are you to say so? And, what are you doing about it? Other than voicing your idiotic opinions on blogs, what are you REALLY doing about it? I can take a poll right now and prove that people are more focused while driving on Marijuana than alcohol. Yet, alcohol is LEGAL?!? Why don’t you start digging a little deeper into the problem before you cast out judgement. The exit she was traveling from is very confusing. I know it is, I’ve almost mistakenly went the WRONG WAY on that very same ramp during the day because DOT clearly has signs posted that you’re traveling the wrong direction when you’re actually traveling the right direction. So the next time you have a thought.. let it go.

Praveen

August 25th, 2012
8:12 am

The college remark was a mistake and I shouldnt have used it because it distracts from the whole point. THe point is she was reckless and your point makes little sense. DOT does have a bad habit of putting wrong way or do not enter signs right in the middle of exit and entry ramps. I won’t dispute that. The people at DOT are idiots and I would have been sympathetic if this was a visitor to the city who never used 400 before and the accident happened right on the ramp itself. I have gone by that exit. She is a local girl and I doubt that was the very first time she used that exit. And even if she did make an understandable mistake, maybe she should have moved to the shoulder once she realzied she was on the wrong side. It is obvious she did not realize her mistake. In both wrong way accidents late at night, you had the drivers go the wrong way for more than a few feet. We just have to be thankful that the lady didn’t kill another guy.

I highly doubt the lady would have gotten so much sympathy if this was some ghetto young guy driving in the city. Once again, let me reiterate, this is a sad thing all around and I feel bad for her family too. And I wish she learned her lesson by having a fender bender near some median and escaped with some minor scrapes instead of dying this way. If I am overly harsh, it is because I am getting sick of so many DUI type deaths. Two of these wrecks in back to back weeks under similar circumstances.

Praveen

August 25th, 2012
8:19 am

Wowreally, also the “are you so perfect” line is stupid. don’t use that line unless you want a real answer because while I am not perfect, I can safely say that none of my mistakes(and yes, I made many) would have taken another life. So your point is…? And your rant on Alcohol makes little sense. By the way, that’s what blogs are for. Expressing opinions.

Samantha

August 26th, 2012
9:24 am

I just want all of you to know I personally knew this “young lady” Carly as we all knew her. We all have flaws, skeletons in the closet, opinions, personal beliefs and stands, and whatever else was referenced above but NONE of you knew her as i have read all the above posts. I believe in the freedom of speech so I accept you all have a righ to say what you have but just know there is a family (of BOTH parties) and friends that read this- and in referencing Carly in such a way is of no honor to her. She was a beautiful person who lighted up the room she was in, caring and an amazing big sister. We all fall getting to the top, some stumble a bit more but she was a good soul, all the right intentions with the flaw of a 22yr olds decision making. I hope all of you that are bitter over a situation that may not directly (and sorry if I’m assuming) affect your lives find the ability to forgive and not pity Carly and her family left to mourn but be empathetic and hope this is a lesson we all learn from. Again I believe in the freedom of speech but I guess I hinting at the old saying “put yourself in their shoes” the mother the father the brother and baby sister…and if u can’t feel that pain then this post meant nothing and I wish you well.
Drive safe and pay it forward :3

RIP Carly you will be missed

cuz

August 26th, 2012
9:51 am

Well said Samantha.

Praveen

August 27th, 2012
2:51 am

POint taken Samantha. I can respect someone looking at the positive in a situation without sugarcoating the flaws . After all, we can all agree, no one deserves to die for such a mistake. As far as forgiveness, I don’t have that right to do it and from the looks of it,the radio guy’s side will probably forgive her as he escaped with injuries and not something more serious. As far as empathy, I do have that even if my initial posts do not reflect that. The tone of my initial posts was due to frustration in seeing back to back accidents on the same highway.

I drive on GA400 regularly and frequently in the left lane. I am a night guy and so I will be driving in the wee hours from time to time. Hell, I have a cousin who got hit by a wrong way driver. Luckily, he got away with only an occasional flare up of his back problems since then. Nothing happened to his lil kid. But the wrong way high school chick had devastating injuries. She lived , fortunately. Marijuana was found in her car (I am for legalizing pot, by the way and this does not change my mind). Why her parents let her drive in that state in the morning boggles my mind.

I understand the feelings some of her closed ones feel towards my other posts. But I think cuz and others should focus their anger on the friends who allowed Carly to drive that morning.

Ernie Johnston

August 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

In an effort to save lives and prevent serious injury, I call for a ban on driving in the left (fast) lane of controlled access highways of 6 lanes or more between the hours of midnight and 6 AM (al least 5 AM) as a Defensive Driving measure.

While this is inconvenient to some the benefit of lives saved outweighs it. I only have anecdotal evidence that many of these accidents occur in the left lane (right, slow lane to the wrong-way driver), but after many years of studying these incidents, I believe this to be true. These types of accidents seem to occur on controlled access highways during the early morning hours when traffic is light and provides fewer clues to the impaired driver. Also they seem to occur in large metropolitan areas where multi-lane highways predominate. So let the ban begin.

This is one type of tragedy we can prevent! eJ

Debra

August 27th, 2012
12:28 pm

Kelly’s quote from ajc.com “…..all of a sudden, I just looked up….” Looked up from what? You can see quite a distance ahead driving on Ga 400, but he didn’t see the headlights until “all of a sudden”? How is that possible? They both made mistakes. Victim? Hardly. He is as much to blame as anyone. In fact, had Kelly been looking at the road, this tragedy probably would not have happened. What were you looking at Kelly?

Praveen

August 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

Ernie Johnston, good point. I dont think you can legislate it. But you can have advisories that one should stick to the right or middle lanes late at night. At night, I stick to the middle lane though I use the left lane most of the time in the day time. Maybe I will be more prudent in using the left lane especially around curves since one’s line of sight is limited around curves.

I would also put up signs with selective reflectors that you are on the wrong side and not just a couple of low key wrong way signs so that anyone not as sober would get a wakeup call. You need to put up signs to account for any drivers that may not be sober.

I dont see why high tech tools cannot be placed on highways to detect wrong direction drivers near ramps and sound a visual and sonic alarm.