Mom Of Teen Killed In Crash: 'He Touched A Lot Of Lives'
by Chris Conte
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - To know grief is to see it on the face of Lorna Watts, a single mother of three trying to comprehend the loss of her middle child.
"He leaves a big hole, not just for me but for a lot of people," Lorna said holding back tears on her living room sofa Thursday afternoon.
Lorna's 16-year-old son Trae White and his brother 11-year-old Liam were headed to school on Wednesday morning when Trae's Mazda pickup truck crossed the center line of Highway 64 in Shelbyville and crashed into oncoming traffic.
"They were just going to school, I think maybe he fell asleep, they (officials) said speed wasn't a factor, he didn't have his phone in his hand," she says about the crash.
Through all the heartache and all the loss Lorna has found at least some comfort in the notion that her youngest son Liam, also in the truck, is still here with only two stitches in his head and some bruises.
"All I can ask for is prayers because I'm not going to get back the one thing that I want, so I just have to take it minute by minute," she said, voice quivering.
Trae was a sophomore at Central High School in Shelbyville, but only started there in November after the family moved from East Tennessee. The school's principal said in that short time he made a lot of friends and was well liked. A statement Lorna has an easy time believing.
"When I look at his pictures, I see a kid that loves life," she added.
Trae's mom said he had one last request.
"We had talked about organ donation before and he say 'Ya Mom, if anything ever happens to me I wanna help other people,'" Lorna said about having his body given to an organ donation bank.
Trae will be buried at a family plot in East Tennessee.