What a nightmare.
A Minnesota firefighter made a heartbreaking discovery on Sunday night when he was called to a car crash that claimed the life of his own son.
Randy Peterson knew that his teenage son Carter (pictured above) was out that night, but his worst fear came true when he arrived on the scene and saw the tires of the 16-year-old’s Dodge Avenger.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the teen’s vehicle was struck by a pickup truck whose driver ran a stop sign at an intersection on the rural highway. Carter died at the scene.
Peterson says he was “a mess” after seeing his son’s car on fire, telling press:
“I dropped to my knees. I was a mess. Another member of the crew just held me.”
The volunteer firefighter explained that Carter was often on the highway because his girlfriend lived 40 miles away, adding:
“[Carter] was probably the most cautious driver├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥two hands on the wheel, and he never sped. He did nothing wrong.”
Police say the 20-year-old pickup driver who hit Carter had alcohol in his system.
Carter, a player on the Ada-Borup High School football team, was honored at a game on Wednesday where his family was presented with the late teen’s jersey.
If you want to help, the Peterson family has set up a GoFundMe to help cover funeral costs HERE.
So devastating. Our hearts go out to Randy and the rest of Carter’s family as they process this horrible loss.
[Image via GoFundMe.]