ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Friends, neighbors and family gathered together at a memorial for Tavian Sabur, a 10-year-old who died Thursday after being hit by a suspected drunken driver.
Holding a vigil with candlelight and glow sticks, the group remembered their friend who was on his way to Peewee football practice.
Balloons, cards and teddy bears sat next to a stop sign where the crash happened Thursday evening.
“He was a really good friend and he never yelled at anyone,” said 10-year-old Nisaa Bennett at the memorial. “In fourth grade he shared his snack with me if I didn’t have one.”
Friends and family called him T.J.
Police say Walter Chidyausiku, 29, slammed into their car at the intersection of Nathan Lowe and Petra Drive in Arlington. T.J.’s mother Tina Reese survived, but was injured and remains in the hospital Friday night.
On Saturday, Arlington PD spokeswoman Tiara Richard said Chidyausiku’s charges were upgraded to Intoxication Manslaughter. He was arrested again after bonding out and is in jail on a $50,000 bond.
“We are thinking of her son and her even though she is not here we are here for her,” said Sonda Patton, a friend of the family’s.
Ayman Joudah lives near where the crash happened and talked to the suspected driver.
“He came walking out of the SUV, casually walking and he goes, ‘we both left the intersection,’ acting like it wasn’t his fault. So I yelled at him,” says Joudah.
Chidyausiku walked away from the crash and has bonded out of jail.
The tragic accident comes on the start of a busy holiday when thousands will hit the roads.
“Today will be the dividing point in that family’s life there will be before September 2 and after September 2,” said Suzette Pylant, a victim’s advocate for MADD.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been working with law enforcement to get their message across.
“Drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable. It’s a dumb way to go to prison and a dumb way to lose someone you love,” Pylant said.