Chesterfield woman mourns husband killed in first week on job as truck driver

Wife mourns husband killed in crash

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - In one Chesterfield home, Latisha Alston’s heart weighs heavy because it’s missing the man she planned on spending the rest of her life with.

“He was everything,” Latisha said.

Latisha knew her husband, Shawn Alston, for nearly five years, but she will tell be the first to tell you that those were the best years of her life.

Latisha said Shawn was born in Philadelphia, where he turned his life around early on from selling drugs and eventually began working security at their church. Shawn was the ultimate bread-winner for Latisha and their five children.

“He was one of the hardest working men I’ve ever known,” Latisha said. “He worked so, so hard to provide - to put us in this beautiful home.”

On March 12, Shawn took up a job as a driver for a the Henry Trucking Company.

“He picked up a load in Northern Virginia. He came home, got some rest and then went back on the road to go pick up a load in New York,” Latisha said.

He was supposed to arrive home Monday, but in his first week on the job the unthinkable happened.

“His boss called me and asked if I had spoken with him,” Latisha said. “I said, ‘No, I’ve been trying to get him on the phone.’”

Latisha continued to call and text her husband after he didn’t return home Monday. She kept worrying until police arrived at her front door on Thursday afternoon and confirmed her heart’s worst fear.

“My heart dropped out of my body because I knew that my husband was gone,” she said.

According to Indiana State Police, Shawn was instantly killed when his truck somehow swerved into the center median and into the oncoming lanes of traffic where it was hit by a Freight liner.

A Chesterfield man was killed instantly in a crash in just his first week on the job as a truck driver.
A Chesterfield man was killed instantly in a crash in just his first week on the job as a truck driver.

One driver was transported to the hospital, but is expected to survive. A second driver was uninjured.

“According to the medical examiner’s report, he had an 85 percent blockage in his heart,” Latisha said.

Though Latisha is unsure of how to move on, she is somehow still satisfied.

“He allowed me to know what it felt like to be unconditionally loved. He gave me that,” Latisha said.

Shawn Alston’s funeral service is Saturday at noon, at the Fountain of Deliverance House Ministries on east Broad Rock Road.

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