A 16-year-old boy from Red Oak was killed in a horrible accident. He was riding his bicycle when a cement truck slammed into him.
On Wednesday Michael Noah Hummel left Red Oak High School. He picked up a couple of job applications and then headed to meet his mother.
"I was so proud of him. He was trying to become independent, get a job and show that he was a responsible young man," said Yvonne Nichols, his mom.
But he never made it home.
Police said he pulled out in front of a truck at Allen Road and South Central Boulevard. The truck driver tried to stop but could not avoid hitting him.
His family rushed to the hospital.
"We know without a doubt he's in heaven," said April May, his grandmother.
But knowing that does not take away the sting of losing a son, a grandson and a brother.
Eleven-year-old Abigail Nichols collected all of her brother's favorite things and created a shrine near the fireplace in their home.
"This is in memory of my brother. It's all over the house and I just feel that he should be here and so I put this stuff up around to make it feel like he's here but he never will be," she said.
Hummel loved Alex Rider books, Rascal Flatts and baseball. He was in the Navy ROTC program at Red Oak High and planned to make a career out of the military.
He also loved to spend time with his grandfather, who is bedridden because of a back injury.
"He would come over and watch movies with him and play video games," his grandmother said.
Hummel was a very loving and forgiving. Because of that, his family said they feel sorry for the truck driver and do not blame him for the accident. Instead they want to focus on the time they got to spend with the teen.
They have also decided to put all of the donations they've received into a special account. The money will go toward the education fund in the Red Oak Independent School District and help students who don't have the money to participate in school projects or pay for things like field trips.
To make a donation, visit www.redoakisdfoundation.org.
KDFW FOX 4
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