Smiths Station family remembers child after fatal Christmas Day 4-wheeler accident

Smiths Station family remembers child after fatal Christmas Day 4-wheeler accident

SMITHS STATION, AL - Christmas morning was filled with laughter and excitement as 7-year-old Stobhan Huguley spent hours riding with adults on the family's new 4-wheeler.

Stobhan, affectionately known as "Kupkake," was riding along with an adult family friend, when they suddenly struck a utility pole, severely injuring Huguley.

"She loved to go fast, she had no fear," Stobhan's aunt Gwendolyn Shorter recalled. "She was fearless."

Family and friends of both Stobhan and her mother, Siovhan, gathered at their house to console the mourning family. Siovhan was tearful as she recalled her daughter, who had a birthday just a few months ago.

"She was a little girl, but she had the mind of a 30-year-old," said family member Stacey Thomas. "It's like she had been [in this world] before."

"Kupkake was years before her time," family friend Kimberly Turner said. "She never met a stranger."

Turner's daughter, Kelcey, had known Stobhan since their birth and the pair were frequent playmates. Turner said Kelcey was devastated when she told her daughter about the news of Huguley's sudden death.

"Kelcey wanted to know why her friend was gone," Turner said.

From playing with dolls with Kelcey to dancing and performing in front of her own family, Stohban loved the spotlight. Huguley was the youngest of two older sisters.

"She was full of life," said Shorter. "If you ever knew her, you would never forget her."

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris explained that Stobhan throttled the 4-wheeler, causing it to leave the roadway and strike a utility pole.

"We took every precaution there was," said Shorter, "But how safe can you be?"

According to authorities, Huguley was wearing a helmet during the time of the accident, but she suffered severe injuries from the crash.

The Huguley family says they called 911 once the crash occurred. Authorities said Huguley was rushed to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus but where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room around 1 p.m. Sunday.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said there are currently no charges against the adult who was also on the 4-wheeler. Authorities did say the investigation is ongoing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help for Stobhan's funeral expenses. If you would like to donate click here.

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