by Brian White, ABC 3340
The Etowah County Coroner confirms a 4-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man were both killed in a wreck Monday afternoon on U.S. Hwy 411 at the intersection of Appalachian Highway.
The man has been identified as Clinton Don Mathis Jr.
Mathis was driving the car with the 4-year-old and another child when it crashed into a pickup truck. The surviving two year old child has some minor bumps and bruises.
Investigators say Mathis, who was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and that the 4-year-old was not restrained.
The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado was not injured in the crash.
A gofundme account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. “It’s a tragedy so close to Christmas so we need any help we can get to pay for their funeral arrangements.”
Some have reported the intersection where the father and son were killed is dangerous and the scene of many crashes. ABC3340 has contacted the state Department of Transportation for comment. We will update when we hear back.
ABC3340 spoke with Senior Trooper Chuck Daniel. His message to all drivers: “Please have everyone restrained. State Troopers worked a crash every 16 minutes over the past four years. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Number one everyone has to wear a seat belt.”