MOUNT PLEASANT, TN. (WSMV) – The family of the high school student who died in a motorcycle accident earlier this year spoke out on Wednesday.
A community mourns the loss of a student following a minibike accident at Mt. Pleasant High School.
The boy’s mother, who died in a motorcycle accident at Mt. Pleasant High School, said he was an average teenager who loved mechanics.
“He loved the Herbie movie, and he was starting to like the design of the vans,” Renee Hawkins said Wednesday, pointing to the items decorating her son’s temporary grave. “The mustang is mine because he loved mustangs.”
Hawkins said his 17-year-old son Josiah Fisher has a deep love for cars, mechanics and learning how things work. “He would take it apart and try to put it back together. Josiah was very special that way,” she explained.
His interests were matched only by his love for his family.
“Every night we said goodnight, sweet dreams, and I love you,” Hawkins said in tears. “His comedic side, his loving side, will be greatly missed.”
“He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at a very young age. Today that means he’s on the autism spectrum,” she said. “These parents understand how loving these children can be.”
Josiah was killed in a motorcycle accident on the property of Mt. Pleasant High School on January 26. The family’s attorney, Shannon Wiggins, said no teachers were present at the time and investigations by law firm Hughes & Coleman, the school and THP are ongoing.
“We have a lot of questions about how this could have happened,” Wiggins told News4. “What we do know is that the motorcycle involved was not Josiah’s motorcycle. It belonged to another student, and it happened during school hours.”
In the meantime, Hawkins doesn’t miss a night with her son.
“I come every night, and I bring him a Faygo, or sometimes I bring him an Orange Crush because he liked those. And I bring him a different candy, a different candy, and say goodnight and say sweet dreams, and I love you. And I won’t stop doing this.”
Hawkins is raising money for a memorial bench at Josiah’s grave. The link to this GoFundMe is here.
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