EL CAMPO, Texas – Police arrested a teenager they say drove recklessly, crashed and then fled the scene, leaving behind his friend who died in the crash.
The parents of that friend, James Russel O’Canas Junior, light up when they speak of his enthusiasm for life and limitless potential for good.
“He was everything,” said O’Canas’ mother, Ashley O’Canas, looking at her husband, James Russel O’Canas Sr. “He was the best of both of us.”
“He was there, anything I needed,” O’Canas Sr. said, tearing up. “I’m going to miss that, seeing him walk in, seeing that smile.”
The O’Canas Jr. was the oldest of four boys, a senior at El Campo High School, only a few months away from graduation.
On Saturday night, around midnight, police said Lee Cruz Trevino, 19, was driving recklessly on Lum road in Beasley with O’Canas Jr. in the car.
Trevino lost control on a curve in the road and crashed into several trees, police said. A witness who lives at a nearby house said the car then caught fire.
“I tried to wake him up,” a man named Martin said of Trevino. “He didn’t get up, so I started to pull him out the car.”