Family and friends mourn crash victim
PORT ALLEN - The mother of 18-year-old Trent Smith said she knew something was wrong when he didn't come home when he was supposed to Saturday night.
Then, Tammy Bolden got a call no mother wants to hear: her son had died after losing control of his car and crashing.
"It was like, everything I loved just fell out of me, just fell to the ground," Bolden told News 2 on Monday.
Smith is the son of Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith, and died after the crash in the 1300 block of Florida Street early Sunday morning. Investigators said he lost control of his car after hitting some railroad tracks, crashed into a pole and then slammed into a gas station's pumps, causing an explosion.
On Monday, Smith's friends stopped by his mother's house to pay their respects. One of those friends, Devon Pettice, had been driving in another car when the crash happened. He said they were on their way downtown in a hurry, and Smith was trying to catch up to them.
"He was going probably like 90 or more and I saw the railroad track beforehand so I had time to slow my car," he said.
Bolden said it wasn't like her son to be going so fast he would lose control.
"Trent wasn't a speeder, he was cruiser, because he wanted everyone to see that car, he didn't want you to miss him now," said Bolden.
Bolden said Smith had plans to be like his brother and join the Navy after graduation. Funeral services will be held Saturday at Halls Mortuary on Scenic Highway.