Stella Magz was a popular social media personality who died in a car crash on October 15, 2023. She was known for her witty and sarcastic videos on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, where she commented on politics, current events, and pop culture. She had over 44.9K subscribers on YouTube, 616.9K followers on TikTok, and 16.7M likes on her videos. She was also a singer and songwriter who released several songs on Spotify and other platforms. She was 23 years old.
The Tragedy of Stella Magz
Stella Magz was born on February 9, 2000, in New York City. She was of Filipino and Irish descent. She grew up in a middle-class family with two older brothers. She attended a public high school in Manhattan, where she was involved in drama club, debate team, and student council. She graduated in 2018 and enrolled in New York University, where she majored in political science. She planned to pursue a career in journalism or law.
Events leading to the tragedy
On October 15, 2023, Stella Magz was driving to a friend’s birthday party in Brooklyn. She was alone in her car, a red Toyota Corolla. She was live-streaming on TikTok, talking to her fans and playing music. She was wearing a seat belt and following the speed limit. At around 9:30 p.m., she reached the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, one of the busiest and most dangerous intersections in the city. As she was crossing the intersection, a black SUV ran a red light and crashed into her car. The impact was so severe that both vehicles were totaled. The SUV driver, who was later identified as a 28-year-old man named James Carter, fled the scene on foot. He was later arrested by the police and charged with vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The police investigation revealed that James Carter had a history of driving violations, including speeding, reckless driving, and driving without a license. He had also been involved in two previous accidents, one of which resulted in a serious injury to another driver. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, more than twice the legal limit, and traces of cocaine and marijuana in his system. He had stolen the SUV from a car rental company earlier that day. He told the police that he was trying to escape from a drug deal gone wrong and did not see the red light or Stella’s car. He expressed no remorse for his actions and blamed Stella for being in his way.
James Carter was arraigned in court on October 17, 2023. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and requested a trial by jury. He was denied bail and remanded to custody. His trial date was set for December 1, 2023. He faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Stella’s family hired a lawyer and filed a civil lawsuit against him, seeking damages for wrongful death, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. They also sued the car rental company for negligence and failure to conduct a background check on Carter.
Impact on the Community
Stella’s death shocked and saddened her fans, friends, family, and fellow social media influencers. Many of them posted tributes and condolences on their platforms, expressing their grief and disbelief. They remembered her as a talented, funny, smart, and kind person who had a bright future ahead of her. They also criticized the justice system for allowing Carter to drive and endanger others. They demanded that he be held accountable for his actions and that stricter laws and penalties be enforced for drunk and reckless drivers.
Stella’s fans organized a candlelight vigil at the site of the crash on October 16, 2023. They brought flowers, balloons, posters, and candles to honor her memory. They sang her songs, watched her videos, and shared their stories and memories of her. They also held signs and chanted slogans calling for justice for Stella and an end to drunk driving. They collected signatures for a petition to rename the intersection after Stella and to install a memorial plaque there. They also raised money for a scholarship fund in her name, to support aspiring young journalists and artists.
Efforts to prevent similar tragedies
Stella’s death sparked a public outcry and a renewed awareness of the dangers of drunk and reckless driving. Several local and national organizations, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), launched campaigns and initiatives to educate and prevent such tragedies. They advocated for stricter laws and enforcement, such as lowering the legal blood alcohol limit, increasing the fines and jail time for offenders, installing more red light cameras and breathalyzers, and providing more treatment and rehabilitation options for addicts. They also encouraged people to use alternative modes of transportation, such as public transit, ridesharing, or designated drivers, when drinking or impaired.
Remembering Stella Magz
Tributes and memorials
Stella’s funeral was held on October 20, 2023, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. It was attended by hundreds of people, including her family, friends, fans, and celebrities. Her casket was covered with white roses and a banner that read “Stella Magz Forever”. Her brothers delivered the eulogy, recalling her childhood, achievements, and dreams. Her favorite songs were played, and a video montage of her life was shown. Many people wore blue, her favorite color, and pins that said “I Love Stella”. After the service, her casket was carried to a hearse, followed by a procession of cars. She was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Stella’s fans and admirers continued to pay tribute to her online and offline. They created fan pages, websites, and hashtags to celebrate her life and legacy. They also organized events, such as concerts, rallies, and fundraisers, to honor her and support her causes. They donated to her scholarship fund and other charities that she supported, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the Trevor Project. They also created and shared art, music, and literature inspired by her.
Honoring her legacy
Stella’s legacy lives on through her work and her impact on the world. Her videos, songs, and posts continue to entertain, inform, and inspire millions of people. Her voice and message continue to resonate with people who share her values and vision. Her courage and passion continue to motivate people to pursue their dreams and make a difference. Her memory and spirit continue to touch people’s hearts and souls.
Stella Magz was a remarkable person who left a lasting mark on the world. She was a star who shone brightly and briefly. She was a victim of a senseless and preventable tragedy. She was a hero who inspired and empowered others. She was a legend who will never be forgotten. She was Stella Magz, and she lives on in us.