On Tuesday many gathered in Lucy Park to remember LaKarl "Tutu" Willaims a son, brother, cousin and friend. Williams was in a car with four others when the car crashed on Kell Freeway.
"He was my cousin, he always played sports football and basketball. He would always shoot threes in basketball," said Kiara Yarbrough a relative of Williams.
Dashae Williams a family friend of "Tutu" Williams said she never thought that she would be wearing a t-shirt in his memory.
"I never thought he would die so early at a young age. Every day I get in the car and have to go somewhere I make sure that I have my seatbelt on and it is because of him," said Dashae Williams.
"Tutu" Williams was not wearing his seatbelt when he was involved in the above mentioned crash on July 27th, 2014. The very next day "Tutu" would die at United Regional Hospital.
"When I heard about what happened, I was shocked. Nobody thought it was going to happen, everybody thought he was going to pull through," said Zekeeya Minor who grew up playing basketball with Williams.
The family and friends of local "Tutu" Williams held a candlelight vigil, balloon release and a basketball tournament in his memory.
The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease and Control showed that 2.2 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes.
Jack Carney, Newschannel6