Community remembers mom, son killed in crash

January 21, 2012 4:16:37 AM PST
A little more than a week ago, a family and a small community lost a beloved mother and son. They died in a crash, which police say was caused by a drunk driver.

On Friday night, their friends and family gathered at Riverbend Baptist Church in Fulshear to remember them.

The victims, Katherine Addison, 48, and her 12-year-old son Kendall, were part of a smaller community in Fort Bend County so a lot of people knew them. That's why so many people crowded the church to pay their respects.

Hundreds of teammates, classmates, friends and family spent their Friday night saying goodbye to both a young man and his brave mother.

"It was just a shock, still hard to believe," family friend Brandon Smith said.

The mother and son were killed in a fiery crash last week on Interstate 10 near Brookshire. The mother of four was trying to change a flat tire when a pickup truck slammed into their car, causing it to burst into flames. That truck belonged to then-Katy Police Officer Cody Parchman, who was in the passenger seat. His friend, Taylor McShan, was driving, and authorities believe both were intoxicated.

"The police officer made a wrong move. He made a bad decision and let his friend drive," family friend Barbara Simon said.

And for that, Parchman was fired.

"It's been very hard to get through that it's happened," teammate Carter Davis said.

But there was no talk there among Kendall's friends about blame and responsibility; rather, they were discussing what they're doing to cope.

"To always remember Kendall," one friend said.

He was a star player on a youth football team named The Saints, protective and kind, say friends, and who's left a big impression.

"He never picked on anybody for his size. He was a very good kid," Davis said.

"We loved him, big part of the team, and so the kids are taking it tough," The Saints coach Steve Guzzetta said.

Funeral services for both the mother and son are scheduled for 11am Saturday at the same church.

Donations for funeral services for the Addison family can be made at Brazos Valley Credit Union in Katy. Donations can be made directly to the Kendall Addison Memorial Fund and are tax deductible.

McShan faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter charges.

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