FPD: Driver Was Intoxicated, Traveling 71 Mph Before Fatally Crashing Into Flomaton High School

March 22, 2023

A vehicle was traveling 71 mph moments before an intoxicated driver fatally crashed into Flomaton High School, according to an investigation made public Tuesday by the Flomaton Police Department.

Shaneal Schifano, 21, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the single vehicle crash about 12 a.m. on December 23, 2022. Family members said she was from Georgia but had just recently moved to Atmore for a new job.

The Flomaton Police Department said the driver’s blood alcohol level was 0.148% at the time of the crash. The legal limit in Alabama is 0.08%.

FPD executed a search warrant and retrieved the vehicle’s event data recorder, which was sent to the Alabama Department of Public Safety for analysis. According to police, the vehicle was traveling 71.1 mph four seconds before the fatal crash and hit the wall of the high school at 44.4 mph.

Schifano was not wearing a seat belt.

The crash was the fourth fatal wreck in Flomaton in two months. With another fatality on Old Atmore Road at Community Church Road on March 15, Flomaton has now had five traffic fatalities since October 2022, according to FPD. The causes of the other crashes have not been released.

“Our condolences go out to all the families involved. We appreciate the help of ALEA troopers who assisted with some of these traffic fatality investigations,” Flomaton Police Chief Johnny Wilson said Tuesday “ I encourage all drivers to please pay attention, slow down, buckle up and don’t drink and drive. We now have a full time Traffic Enforcement Officer that will hold drivers accountable to the speed limits. Traffic Enforcement is paramount and our number one goal is to keep the citizens safer on the highways while traveling.”

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6 Responses to “FPD: Driver Was Intoxicated, Traveling 71 Mph Before Fatally Crashing Into Flomaton High School”

  1. Rick on March 24th, 2023 10:12 am

    If you know something, say something. If you know something and stay quiet, then you are complicit in this tragedy and God will hold you accountable.

  2. Dennis HE Wiggins on March 22nd, 2023 9:54 pm

    To all those being critical of the FPD: STOP! Neither you nor I know what FPD has or has not done. But, having worked as Communications Officer at three different departments, I DO know the number problem with investigations is lack of witnesses; three hundred people could have been present when it happened, but when questioned by the police, mysteriously no one saw a thing. For those of you claiming to know what led to that tragic event, have YOU talked to the police and maybe told them HOW you know – as in what you saw or who told you? Don’t be a hypocrite; help by doing your part or step back, keep quiet, and let the FPD do their job.

  3. Karmaa on March 22nd, 2023 2:59 pm

    Rip to the person that lost there life but why was she drinking and driving if she was being attacked and chased why not call the police? Everyone want to blame others but doesn’t except the fact she was still drinking and driving. She could of called police a friend even a Uber or Lyft. Be mindful of who you blame when god called her home.

  4. Really on March 22nd, 2023 1:52 pm

    Those wondering why she was traveling so fast? It’s because she was drunk.

  5. KARMA on March 22nd, 2023 12:16 pm

    Theirs got to be a reason she got to 71mph as fast as she did from flomaton woods apartments because if your driving the way you should, their should should be no way she would even get close to 71mph. The path of her tracks and where she left the roadway looks like she may have been ran off the road, because it’s like as soon as she come out of the apartments she was leaving the road. Something doesn’t seem right about this whole situation, just saying.

  6. Samantha Snead on March 22nd, 2023 8:52 am

    And the police department need to investigate why she was traveling that fast. Because according to some she was involved in a fight at the party… And the person that she was fighting was chasing behind her in her car causing her to travel that rate of speed!

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