Mom speaks out after son dies in crash

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mother of the 18-year-old man killed in Friday’s car accident spoke to KXAN on Monday. Gina Newton says she wants her son, Andrew, remembered as a smart and good hearted boy.

“He always really did try to do the right thing. He didn’t drink. He didn’t do any of those things that teenagers try to do sometimes. I just know he had to have been telling her to stop,” said Gina.

Andrew went to Austin High School Friday to turn in an English paper. But at some point, police say Newton left the school with his best friend, Cliff Kinkade. They drove away with Alyssa Hefley at the wheel. All three were students at at the school.

The horrific crash happened on Barton Hills Drive; The impact was so severe the car was cut in half.

Gina heard about the crash first on Twitter.  She says rushed to the scene, which is close to her parent’s house. Andrew had coffee with his grandparents that morning in the same neighborhood.

When she arrived on scene, police stopped her.

“They said there were two 18-year-old and one was dead. And something just came over me…,” she said as she choked up.

“I had been texting Andrew and he wasn’t responding to my texts,” she added.

Her husband, Andrew’s father, started calling hospitals. University Medical Center Brackenridge officials told them Andrew was, in fact, there.

When Gina arrived, Andrew had already died. But, she says, she was able to sit with him. “I sat with him, and I know seeing his injuries that he wouldn’t have wanted to live like that. His injuries were very, very bad,” she said.

Andrew survived several close calls with cars, Gina said. One time, she said, a boulder fell off a cliff, missing Andrew’s car by only inches. So many close calls that he told his mother that if he did die, he thought it would be in a car accident.

Through tears, Gina said one positive thing in all of this was that Andrew knew he was loved.

“Hug your children,” she says. “And as far as my son, every single day,  every single time he called me, he always ended with, ‘I love you.'”

Services for Andrew are planned for Thursday night with the funeral Friday.

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