Parents prepare to bury their child

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

They say he did not deserve to die and now the parents are preparing to bury their eleven year old son.

Eleven year old Nathan Broughton died in a wreck on Route 223 in Knox County last night.

Four others, including two small children were also injured.

Patricia and Tony Broughton say their son was taken too soon.

“He was just eleven years old. He didn't deserve to die. He had a long life ahead of him,” Patricia Broughton said.

Nathaniel Broughton, known as Nathan, died in a car crash on Route 223 Monday night.

He was with his brother's wife, 22 year old Dominque Broughton, and her two young children.

The accident happened in front of Escoe's Market.

Police say a car driven by Melissa Collett crossed the center line and hit them head on.

Patricia was miles away from her son when it happened.

“I was on my way from Richmond down here and got a phone call that he had passed away. I didn't get here in time to see him and now all I have now is just the memories of him,” Patricia said.

The parents say Nathan was a fun child with a big heart and a smile they will never get to see again.

“I loved him unconditionally. I would've never imagined putting my baby in the ground and burying him,” Patricia said.

Police are still investigating what led to the crash and whether criminal charges should be filed.

“We're not sure why she crossed the center line. However, a blood test was taken from Miss Collett and once toxicology comes back, we will determine if charges will be filed at that time,” Trooper Shane Jacobs said.

The Broughton's say the wreck changed their lives forever.

“I'll never get over this,” Patricia said.

The family says Dominique Broughton and her two children are in the UK Medical Center with serious broken bones.

Police say Dominique and Nathan Broughton were wearing seat belts and the other children were in car seats.

Melissa Collett is at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

Her condition is not known.

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