EL DORADO, Ark. (03/11/20) — The mother of one of the teens killed in a vehicle accident in Union County is hoping to turn that tragedy into purpose.
According to Arkansas State Police, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was driving south on Galilee Road on the night of March 2nd when the driver, an unidentified female minor, ran off of the road in a curve which caused the vehicle to overturn before striking a tree and coming to a rest.
Two of the teens later died from their injuries including Misty Foster’s 14-year-old son, Anthony McEntire. McEntire was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chris Wilson, 16, was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He fought hard for a week but also died due to the injuries he sustained.
The driver was underage and shouldn’t have been behind the wheel. The passengers weren’t wearing their seat belts and Foster says they were also under the influence of drugs.
“My understanding was they all tested positive for marijuana,” she said.
Now, two young lives have been lost and three lives have been changed forever because of a “joy ride”. Foster hopes this tragedy can be a lesson to other youth.
Although the driver of the vehicle seems to be at fault, Foster doesn’t want anyone to point any fingers.
“I know there have been some very nasty remarks on that little girl and now is not the time for that,” she said. “If we can take this tragedy and turn it into a victory and save anybody in our communities nationwide then we’ve done something.”
Foster plans to do that by speaking to youth around local schools and hopefully nationwide. This is a problem that can affect more young people if they decide to make the wrong choices.
She didn’t have the chance to help her son. McEntire was supposed to appear in court the day after the accident for his problems with marijuana use.
“The help didn’t come soon enough for him,” she said. “So, I’m reaching out these youth to let them know that drugs and alcohol is definitely nowt the answer.”
“You think it’s fun and games but those fun and games turn into tragedy whenever you don’t take into account of what it can do. Not only can it kill them through tragic accidents but it can kill them with what they’re putting in their bodies.”
Foster understands that kids want to be kids and they want to have fun but they should engage in fun that will benefit them and not harm them.
With prom season just a month away, she’s urging youth near and far to remember this tragedy when they are out enjoying the occasion.
“This is not a game. This is reality and reality is Anthony isn’t going to be here anymore and it’s a sad case but I want to reach one youth to let them know to choose better and make better choices. Having fun is fine but take into consideration how you have that fun.”
Foster would also like to thank those that contributed to her son’s funeral expenses. Chris Wilson’s family has also made a GoFundme for his funeral costs.
The visitation for Wilson will be Saturday at the Marrable Hill Chapel from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral will take place Sunday at the same location.
UPDATE: Family identifies teen killed in Union County crash
UPDATE: EL DORADO, Ar. (5:40 PM) — The family of the minor killed in a crash on Monday night has identified the teen as 14-year-old Anthony McEntire.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover funeral costs. Private donations also can be made to the Sims Funeral Home in El Dorado, Arkansas.
ORIGINAL: EL DORADO, Ar. (10:23 AM) — A Monday night crash in El Dorado has left four minors injured and one dead.
According to Arkansas State Police, the crash happened around 9 PM on Monday night in the 100 block of Galilee Road.
A 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was driving south on Galilee Road when the driver, an unidentified female minor, ran off of the road in a curve which caused the vehicle to overturn before striking a tree and coming to a rest.
The driver and three of the passengers, two male minors and one female minor, were injured and taken to the Medical Center of South Arkansas. One unidentified male passenger was killed during the wreck and his body has been taken to the Union County Morgue.
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