LUBBOCK, TX - As investigators continue looking into what left a Lubbock man dead in a single car crash on Sunday, a family is left in mourning and without closure.
A son, brother, uncle and father, family members shared that 23-year-old Charles Smith leaves behind a two-year-old little girl and a three-year-old son. He loved to make his family members laugh, and made an effort to put others first.
"He was a clown, he was silly, always make you laugh. My brother was the kind of person that if you needed it, he would give it to you," said his sister, who also shared that growing up, her brother loved to take apart bicycles and figure out how to put things back together. "He liked working on stuff, he worked on cars all the time."
Lubbock Police were called out to the fatal crash at the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Investigators were able to determine that the vehicle lost control, hit two light poles and a tree before coming to a stop. The driver was taken to UMC with serious injuries. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
His older sister, Kyamesha Smith, recalled the devastating moment that she found out something terrible happened to her brother
"I was running late for work and my mom was at church, police showed up at the door and asked to speak to my mother. They had a picture of my brother, and asked my mom to have a seat," said Smith. "They told us he died in a car wreck that morning around 4:30, he didn't have identification on him, so it took them about 12 that afternoon for them to find out who he was."
Smith says the last time she spoke with her brother was Saturday, August 26. He had come by her workplace to drop off some lunch money.
"He said he was going with his friend, and that he'd see us later, and then he went outside and that was all. We didn't see him no more," said his mother, Lorrie Smith.
His mother shares that since Halloween happens to be Smith's birthday as well as a family gathering, that this year it won't be the same. Described as a "people person," and a family man, Smith loved also playing with his younger sister, Zaybeonna and three-year-old niece, Arianna.
"My Bubba? Well, I miss him and he went up there with God in Heaven," said Zaybeonna.
As updates to this fatal crash become available, we'll be sure to update you here on EverythingLubbock.com.
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