RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN)- The mother of a Knightdale High School student killed in a Raleigh head-on collision said she was “total disbelief” when she was told of the accident.
Highway Patrol said Edward Tyler Eason, 16, was killed when his vehicle crossed the center line and plowed head-on into another vehicle in Raleigh Wednesday morning.
“I was lost. It hurt. I was in total disbelief this morning,” said Debbie Eason, Edward’s mother. “He was a good boy. He had a lot to offer and he was cutoff.”
Troopers said two vehicles were involved in the crash on Forestville Road near Old Milburnie Road, including a Raleigh Public Utilities vehicle.
Authorities said Eason was killed in the crash and the driver of the utility vehicle, Michael Worner, of Windsor, was injured and taken to WakeMed.
Troopers on scene said Worner suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The Highway Patrol said Eason crossed the center line while traveling at 55 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. No charges will be filed against Worner.
Eason’s family said he was on his way to school when he was killed.
“I’m going to remember his smile, he was loving. He would hug me and tell me how much he loved me and I’m really going to miss that,” said Eason’s aunt Ginger Lewis.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with Eason’s funeral costs.
Forestville Road remained closed while troopers investigated.
“We marked both the vehicles, and also in debris that may have occurred. We look at the crash, the impacts, where the point of impact occured. We take detailed measurements with a tape measure. Then what we do is try to basically put pieces of the puzzle together and try to recreate both the prior, the time of impact and then what occurred after,” said Lt. Jeff Gordon, Highway Patrol.
The City of Raleigh issued a statement following Wednesday morning’s crash.
“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic accident. However since this is an ongoing police investigation, we cannot offer any details or comments regarding this incident. At this time, we will refer all questions to the State Highway Patrol and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office,” the statement reads.
Students took to social media to share condolences and to plan a memorial vigil.