In one vehicle in suburban Charlotte was a mother, her young daughter, her teenage son, and some of her son's teenage basketball teammates. The boys were reportedly being taken to Carolina Place Mall in an SUV when a white or silver passenger car approached.
A police investigator described the approach of that car on Interstate 485: "High speeds, erratic, carless and reckless," he said. The result: A car accident that caused the SUV to flip. One of the teen boys lost his life in that wreck, leaving his family devastated.
The 14-year-old boy's father told a Charlotte TV station about his son: "A good boy. I couldn't ask for a better son," he said.
He said that when state troopers came to tell him about the fatal accident, he told them, "You got the wrong one, you got the wrong one! It can't be my boy. You got to have the wrong one!"
Troopers told the station that the SUV containing the teens had been sideswiped by the silver or white car. That caused the SUV to lose control, flip and then slam into an embankment.
Three teenagers, all from Chester, South Carolina, were thrown from the vehicle.
The car that sideswiped the SUV then took off, its driver obviously unconcerned with the injured and dying left behind.
This is sort of heartbreaking tragedy should never happen. Let's hope that police find the driver and that he or she is held fully responsible for all of the damage, pain and grief caused.
Source: WCNC: "Family remembers teen killed in I-485 crash," Diana Rugg, Feb. 19, 2012