Deadly Accident in Grand ForksKen and Yolanda Price are mourning the death of their son, 21-year-old James Freestone. James' life was cut short by an alleged drunk driver around 1:40 this morning on the corner of 17th Avenue South and Columbia Road in Grand Forks.
By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ
James Freestone's mother Yolanda Price says "I'm going to miss him terribly. He was my baby, and he shouldn't have died."
"His life was just beginning.." Ken Price, Freestone's stepfather says.
Ken and Yolanda Price are mourning the death of their son, 21-year-old James Freestone. James' life was cut short by an alleged drunk driver around 1:40 this morning on the corner of 17th Avenue South and Columbia Road in Grand Forks.
Yolanda Price says "Anger for what happened, why it happened, it was just a senseless death. Um, sadness.."
19-year-old Tasha Brenno was also killed, and 22-year-old Kathryn Olson and 18-year-old Michael Badurek were hurt.
UND police say Celso Garza ran a red light at the intersection of University Avenue and Columbia Road, then sped off southbound on Columbia when officers approached his car.
Garza struck two vehicles. Passengers in one car were okay, but two people were killed and two injured in the car that was traveling east through a green light on 17th Avenue. UND's Police Chief says this is the first accident in city limits he knows of that killed two people.
UND Police Chief Duane Czapiewski says "It is unusual for our community.. it's a sad day for those family members who have lost a loved one."
James' loved ones say he was writing a book, he wrote poetry, sang, and was very involved in community theater.
Yolanda Price says "He was doing really good at Hugo's, he was just knowing where he wanted to go music-wise, he was taking pictures like with his sister Jackie..."
His family calls him a goofy kid, who was very outgoing and could make friends with anybody..
Pictures, family in background- "I'm going to miss him so much.. I'm going to miss that smile.. And his sarcasm.. "
Jackie Hoffarth, Freestone's sister, says "Someday your life is going to flash before your eyes, make sure its worth watching. And I really think that he, he made life good.."