Memorial Held For 10-Year-Old Killed By Suspected Drunken Driver

Update: 9/3/2011

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.

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  • Lobedoe

    What a comment in the article, “…( Drunk driving)It’s a dumb way to lose someone you love. Is there a smart way to lose someone you love?

    • kma

      How about a memorial or even acknowledgment of the 10 y/o boy killed by the Dallas police officer while riding his bike down the road?

    • 2sister

      No, but I think we know what she was trying to say. She probably meant that it was senseless to drive drunk and cause the death of another.

  • CB

    That a-hole should be shot.

  • NiteNurse

    Since they repaved Nathan Lowe allot of drivers tend to drive way too fast down it. The police need to monitor the speed on that road.

  • Tiffani Covais

    My child attends Cross Timbers and we are all devastated. I too lost my son at 17 to a drunk driver close to where this accident happened. When is Arlington going to crack down and give these drunk drivers what they deserve? My heart goes out to TJ’s family. This is a long and winding road of grief that will last a lifetime. There is no turning back time unfortunately so we need to make sure that this creep gets what he deserves…alot of jail time. The maximum under Texas law. 20 years plus 10 for the Mother. God bless little TJ. The 5th graders will miss him forever and always.

  • Renee

    May the peace of God be with this family.
    We cannot get into a car and drive while we are drinking.
    It is irresponsible and shows how little we think about ourselves
    and others…
    We must learn to care for others and care eniough about ourselves
    to be responsible for our actions..
    We Are One…One In God.

  • Mike Wiles

    Alcohol is drug and should be treated as one. Anyone getting behind the wheel of a car that has been drinking is under the influence. Poor innocent people are killed everyday because of someones stupidity. Most are 3 and 4 time offenders. They should be banned from driving for the rest of their life. I hope the families and friends can have solice in knowing their angels are with a loving God. Support MADD

  • Monica Wagner

    The Arlington Knights will be holding a vigil and remembrance service for TJ on Wednesday at Ousley Jr. High School at 6:30 p.m. TJ was on our football team and we miss him dearly. Please join us as we show our support for TJ’s family.

  • Tyrone B.

    I knew TJ for about 3 years. I watched and played with him whenever his mom dropped him off at 24 hr fitness. TJ was an exciting kid, endless imagination, and had a bright future ahead of him. To the family, I pray that you are guided through this tough time. TJ is in God’s hands now, we shall be happy for him now as he rest in paradise

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