The Prom Queen Ghost

North Pinellas County

The original contact:

Note:  The original e-mail has been altered to protect the names cited.
Sent: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 9:14 AM

Has anyone heard of this?

I am doing research on a legend in Largo, Florida, and thought you may know of it. Its the legend of the prom queen on old Alternate Keene Road. I already know that the ghost’s name was/is [V.F.], who was killed in a car wreck in [the 1980’s]. 

I’m trying to find out what school she attended, and if you know any other aspect to the legend. If you, or your associates know of this legend, I would really appreciate your help.

 Hope to hear from you.

The Response: You are correct the name submitted, but not the year of her untimely death or the name of the road where the accident took place.

V.F. was a passenger in a car that included 3-other occupants. Not only was V.F. killed but one other male passenger perished in the event.  

The actual road where the accident took place is Alt Keene Road, just north of Ulmerton Blvd. As an article we discovered mentions, the car had just turned when the driver lost control, veered into the south bound land and crashed into a grove of Pecan trees. There were two additional male survivors of this accident; one still resides in the area. Again, out of respect and we have chosen not to contact this individual.  

This date of the accident (in early Spring) is currently presumed to be to early for prom queen crowning and we are further investigating to see if V.F. may have been considered as a prom queen candidate. We will add addendums as we complete our investigation.

Update 12 December 2023 from email:

I was best friends with V.F. when she died. We both went to Largo High School class of 1982 and the accident occurred on May 01, 1982 in the early hours of the morning.
Sorry to disappoint a little but she wasn’t our prom queen (although she was pretty enough to be it), nor was it prom night. She was working at a convenience store before going out with three friends when she got off work at midnight. I stopped in her store for a while before I went out earlier in the evening. I would have been with her in the car had she gotten off work earlier, but thank goodness my parents had me on an 11:30 pm curfew. The accident did happen going northbound on Alt. Keene Rd and they did crash into a pecan tree on the opposite side of the street they were on. I talked to one of the two survivors of the accident later and he told me that the driver of the car (also killed in the crash,) had turned his headlights off and drove down the dark, narrow, isolated road very fast to scare V.F.. Unfortunately he lost control of the car killing them both instantly. The pecan trees have long been removed and replaced by other trees. The crash happened about half way up the road. There is a mobile home park behind a fence on the East side of the road. I was supposed to meet her at Clearwater Beach by pier 60 during the day of May 01, 1982. I looked for her all day long and didn’t find out about her death until I got home around dinner time. I was completely devastated to say the least, still am. One thing is for sure, she would have gotten a kick out of this legend about her. However, just because she wasn’t our prom queen doesn’t mean that her spirit doesn’t communicate with people such as the orbs that you encountered. I had an encounter with her back in the 1980’s myself.

Investigation into location:  The only “grove” of trees that we could fine.  These are not the pecan trees described, but the only grove around.  Brandy’s camera (digital) did get orbs (below).  I included images of the grove without any orbs to contrast to the two images we have with orbs.  Additionally, we went to the grove two separate times; each visit produced one orb image each. (Below).

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