31 year old Sherell L. Lewis Jr. of Leesville, Louisiana was driving down Highway 171 on Tuesday, May 30 when he noticed some debris on the side of the road he thought needed to be cleaned up. As he parked on the roadside and got out of his truck to clear the debris at around 3:15 P.M., a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck struck Lewis head-on, the impact leading to his death shortly afterward. That wasn’t the end of this tragic incident however. Social media posts made by the young man who was driving the Chevrolet pickup truck, 18 year-old Matthew M. Martin, containing racist language have caused outrage and led some to question the circumstances surrounding Sherell Lewis’s untimely end.
Not long after Matthew Hinton, who is white, ran over Sherell Lewis Jr. (who was Black), he posted a picture to his Snapchat account of his truck with the caption, “y’all I just hit a whole guy on the highway😭😭😭.” When asked by a follower just who it was that he hit, Hinton responded, “some n****r.” When the Snapchat follower asked how Hinton’s Chevy was after the impact, Hinton responded “fucked it up pretty good lol”. After Hinton followed up with more pictures showing the damage to the Chevy, the Snapchat follower wrote “it’ll buff out. The guy die on impact or what?” Hinton’s response was “yes sir 😂 no he died otw to the hospital.” If you can’t tell, that is indeed a dying laughing emoji face in response to his having just taken another man’s life.
Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft, while agreeing that Hinton’s social media posts are reprehensible, says that the posts “do not violate the law.” And while that may be the case, the fact that the young man obviously thinks it’s so funny and feels the need to brag on social media about running over, in his words, “some n****r” is enough reason in my opinion to at least consider the possibility of investigating this case as a hate crime. It was only years ago when teens in the neighboring state of Mississippi purposely ran over and killed James Craig Anderson in a horrific hate crime. While the investigation is pending, it appears investigators won’t be going any further than doing routine toxicology tests unless some other evidence emerges in the meantime.
Sherell Lewis Jr. of Leesville owned and operated Sonny Boyz Barber and Beauty on US Highway 171. According to his sister Shotoya Lewis-Ayers, Lewis “loved what he did. That includes the barbery and touching peoples’ lives.”
This is freaking disgusting! How is this not a crime when the whole thing was filmed and posted on social media? I bet you if the races were reversed, then charges would’ve been thrown left, right, and center. Unbelievable. This is white privilege to it’s most fatal degree.
Of course they bought his defense that this was an “accident”. I’m sure they say Lewis was the one at fault for getting hit by this terrible racist driver.
Yes, and I’m enraged by that decision. Unbelievable.
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It’s disturbing that traditional media do not cover these acts of violence. The police said a white man bragging about running over and killing “some ni****r” on Snapchat is not a crime. Didn’t Matthew Hinton commit a crime when he ran over Sherell Lewis then left the crime scene? Isn’t that a crime? Matthew Hinton knew he killed a man and went on Snapchat to brag about it yet the cops felt that no crime was committed. A man is dead, and another man is bragging about killing him, why isn’t that a crime worth investigating? Why isn’t worth traditional media coverage?
What happened to Matthew Hinton? Was he charged?
No Angela. Sadly he’s been cleared of any wrong-doing! Not in the least bit surprised.
Can the family still file a civil suit?
I’m not sure, nor do I know if they would want to. I know Mr. Lewis’s close friend says he has “forgiven” Hinton for his racist comments. https://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2018/06/01/sherell-lewis-good-guy-friend-forgives-matthew-martin-louisiana-highway-death/661600002/
Smh. Sometimes I believe black people read the Bible too much and take its man written words too literally.
It does seem like Black people are often the most forgiving people on the planet and I don’t mean it in a good or bad way just an observation. There have been so many hate crimes and police killings of Black people over the years and the families say it is their duty to forgive – like in the case of the guy who shot up the church in South Carolina and the men who dragged that poor man to death in Jasper, Texas. Those are just two I can think of off the top of my head but there’s a lot more.
Black people are also very religious to a fault. Many think the Bible came directly from God. I understand the significance of religion in black culture. We needed it to survive but now we need to not take it so literally. Many Black people have died waiting for the “Lord” to save them.
The Land of the Free! Freedom to kill back people and shoot innocent kids in schools!
But not free to smoke a joke or hang out in front of your apartment complex without harassment by police.
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This sickening story shouldn’t surprise me because it is the sad reality of America today.
You are right. And whether it was intentional or not it apparently was something this kid was proud of doing.
Words simply fail me! And since I am a Southerner, that speaks volumes!