Justin Addison Photo Source: Provided by Family
Justin Addison
Age 16    Covington, Louisiana    January 21 2013
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A Covington teen who died early Tuesday from injuries he received in a bicycle accident will be remembered for always having a smile on his face and for being a "remarkable" teen. Justin Addison, 16, was riding his bicycle on the St. Tammany Trace at around 5 p.m. Monday when he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a GMC SUV, according to a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office report. The collision happened where the Trace intersects with Josephine Street between Covington and Abita Springs, according to the report. Addison died shortly after midnight, after several hours of surgery, Sgt. Sean Beavers said. St. Tammany Parish coroner Dr. Peter Galvan said Addison died from multiple traumatic injuries. His death was ruled accidental. Investigators determined that the SUV's driver, a Covington resident, was not at fault and was not cited, Beavers said. He 'smiled always' Addison was a junior at St. Paul's School in Covington. President and principal Brother Ray Bulliard said in an email to parents that Addison "smiled always, and had a deep and abiding faith in the presence of God." He was involved in competitive cycling, and participated in a number of extracurricular activities, Bulliard said. He provided NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune with a copy of the email he sent to parents. Addison had a "wonderful social presence," and wasn't what many would consider a typical teenager, family friend Wendy Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald, a former New Orleans resident who now lives in Florida, said Addison enjoyed spending time with his parents, Jay Addison and Martina Mahly. Both are north shore veterinarians. She said Addison posted many pictures on Facebook that showed him with his arm around his mom or a self-portrait of him and his dad. He was their only child, she said. Fitzgerald knew Addison his whole life. She said Addison always was nice to her three children when they came to visit, and that he would share toys with her daughter, who was five years younger than him. He loved photography, she said, and his photographs could "rival any in a museum anywhere," she said. He liked to take pictures of quirky, Louisiana things, she said, recalling pictures he posted to Facebook of New Orleans cemeteries or jazz musicians. Bulliard told parents in his email that the school would hold chapel services throughout the day Tuesday, and that they are ready to assist any student who might be struggling. Addison is survived by his parents, stepmother, Ellen Addison, and several extended family members. Funeral arrangements are pending. Read More: http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2013/01/covington_teen_killed_after_bi.html

Collision Data

Crash time: between 3 p.m. and 5:59 p.m.

Closest Intersection: Josephine St & Tammany Trace Bike Trail 3, LA 70420 ‎

Land use: Rural

Road type: Multi-use path or trail

Where on the road the collision happened: Intersection

Collision type: Cyclist side/Car front end hit

Driver Data

Vehicle type: Light Trucks (SUVs, pickups)

If truck: Unknown

At crash time driver was:

At crash time cyclist was: Stop Sign Running


Source: News Report
Type: Newspaper
Pos/Neg: Neutral
Link if Website: http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2013/01/covington_teen_killed_after_bi.html

Source: News Report
Type: Newspaper
Pos/Neg: Neutral
Link if Website: http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2013/01/bike_ride_to_honor_teen_cyclis.html

Legal Status

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