Oct 4, 2013 8:25 PM by Lupita Murillo

Family devastated over death of 7 year old boy

TUCSON - The family of a 7-year-old boy who tragically died while crossing the street speaks out.
The family of Simon Foster is trying to cope with the grief. He was in a crosswalk at Speedway and Alvernon with his father and sister, last Sunday, when he was struck.

The father was in the middle and holding his children's hands. A car making a turn, ran over the boy, and hit the father. Simon died on Thursday from his injuries. His father had minor injuries, his 5 year old sister was not hurt.

The driver was charged with causing serious injury or death, a misdemeanor.

Laura Withrow says her son, "...was so smart, loving, and nice. He was brave, and he loved football." He also loved to read. Simon was a fan of the Raiders, 49'ers, and Steelers. Simon would watch football with his step dad, and his dad, Don Foster.

Foster says, "My heart's broken, you know I don't want to believe this has really happened. Like I'm not going to be able to see him again."

His parents say Simon touched everyone he came in contact with, including Foster's boss at Smashburger. Bob Lankska met the child just days before the tragic accident. "I said who is this little guy? And Simon puts his hand out like a gentleman he said my name is Simon, and he shook my hand. Just as nice and polite as he could be. "

Shawna Wilson also works at Smashburger, her son was Simon's best friend at school. When she picked up her children from school on Thursday she found her daughter crying and asked her why? "Because Simon's in Heaven, she said I was crying for Simon. And I was like that's sweet. My son really doesn't understand. He knows that Simon is Heaven but he doesn't understand that he's not going to play with him anymore."

Simon's mother has this message for parents, "You hug them, you kiss them and you tell them that you love them. That was the last thing I got to say to my son. I love you, you be good and I will see you later."

If you'd like to help the family out with expenses, you can go to any wells Fargo bank and donate to the Simon James Foster Memorial, Account #1853058475.


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