Family Mourns Teen Killed in Crash

Family says teen was a good kid

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Monday, Sep 12, 2011  |  Updated 11:57 AM CDT
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The family of Colton Goodman say their faith is helping them cope with the teen's tragic death.

Amanda Fitzpatrick

The family of Colton Goodman say their faith is helping them cope with the teen's tragic death.

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The family of Colton Goodman, 19, a teen killed in a crash in Arlington over the weekend, say their faith is helping them cope with his tragic death.

"We know that Colton is in heaven with our Lord, Jesus. He is safe in his arms. He is not in any pain, said Tracy Payne," Goodman's aunt.

On Sunday, family and friends gathered for a vigil at the park across the street from Goodman's home.

He was one of the passengers in a crash that claimed the life of three Fort Worth teens, including the driver Jonathan Lavering and fellow passenger Jacob Ramos.

The accident happened along Green Oaks Boulevard and Arkansas at about 1 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses described seeing the vehicle cross lanes and crash into an electrical control box and pole.

When police officers and firefighters arrived, the car was on fire. One victim from the wreck had managed to get out of the vehicle while three others remained trapped inside. The three later died at the hospital.

Tommy Goodman, the teen's father said his only son was his pride and joy while Payne spoke out about the message she hopes teens learns from this accident,

"We just want everyone to know to be aware and be safe on the road and to slow down -- and let these teenagers know that bad things can happen to good people," said Payne.

Complete funeral arrangements for Goodman have not been released, though the family said it will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at a location to be determined.

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