NEW LONDON (KYTX) - Family and friends are remembering 16-year-old Adarian Parker one day after he was killed in a one vehicle accident on Highway 323 near New London..
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to Parker's coach -- who says the team is going to have to stick close together to get through this.
The gridiron at West Rusk High School will be missing one important piece at the beginning of the football season. It's 16-year-old varsity lineman Adarian Parker...
"Appreciate everything we have in life because its very fragile and it can be taken away form us in a split second," said Parker's coach John Frazier.
Parker was killed and a teammate suffered minor injuries in a car crash on highway 323 after leaving football practice Friday night.
"Plain heart broken and that's to be expected and it's just something we're gonna get through and we're gonna get through together," said Frazier.
The initial investigation shows the Parker's SUV may have malfunctioned. Parker then lost control, drove off the road and slammed into a tree. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
"He was a lovable kid happy fun spirited kid that brought a lot of goodness in the people around him."
Coach Frazier said Parker's joy for life exceeded his nearly 300 pound frame.
"When I think of Adarian and his name, the first thing that pops to mind is his smile and his personality that would light up a room."
Since Parker was a kid, he dreamed of becoming an NFL player, but now his love for the sport, will have to be carried on by his team.
"This year's group is probably closer than any group we've had in eight years."
The coaching staff is expected to meet with the team to talk about Adarian's death. As of now, funeral arrangements are pending.
NEW LONDON (KYTX) - A West Rusk sophomore football player was killed in a one-vehicle accident Friday, six miles northwest of the city of Henderson in Rusk County.
Adarian Parker, 16, of Henderson, was driving a 2002 Ford Expedition traveling southeast on Texas Highway 323 about 1:20 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jean Dark said.
The investigating trooper's report stated that the vehicle might have had some malfunction, Trooper Dark said.
Parker lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway and struck a tree, coming to rest facing west in the roadway, she said.
Justice of the Peace Joe Sorrells pronounced Parker dead at the scene.
Parker was scheduled to start his first season with the Raiders varsity football team as a lineman.
Fraizer said Parker and another player were headed home from practice when the accident happened. The other player was checked out by emergency crews, but was later released with only minor injuries.
Frazier said Parker's smile and upbeat personality will be missed.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
If you 'd like to help the teen's family with funeral expenses, a tragedy fund has been set up at the Citizens National Bank of Henderson for Adarian Parker. Donations can also be dropped off at other Citizen Bank locations around the area.