LA CENTER, Wash. -- The family of 6-year-old Henry Babitzke says they have no desire, right now, to talk to the elderly man who hit and killed their son Friday on Interstate 5.
Washington State Patrol said they don't know if Babitzke was wearing his seat belt when he was on his way to church camp Friday with his cousin Clayton, 10, and aunt Ericka Gorremans, who was driving.
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Babitzke and his mother moved in with her sister Ericka at her La Center, WA home. Family friends said the cousins are so close, they even shared a bedroom.
It's a city with a population of just 2,800. The small town has taken the shock of the boy's death, and the injuries to the Gorremans, pretty hard.
As details of the crash were revealed over the weekend, La Center Elementary School officials readied extra grief counselors for Monday morning.
When issues like this happen, emotions come out and we're prepared for this, said Mark Mansell, Superintendent of La Center Schools. No one planned for it obviously, it just occurs and it makes one stop to pause about how fragile life really is.