RENNERT — The family of an 11-year-old Lumber Bridge boy is hoping to raise money for funeral costs after he was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver while riding his bicycle near Rennert.
Aiden Lupo was riding on the handlebars of a friend’s bicycle Tuesday night at about 6:30 p.m. on Russell Road when they were struck, according to the state Highway Patrol.
“Please continue to pray for his mother Kim and grandparents Billy and Sue Locklear as they are struggling with a loss of such a young, vibrant, outgoing young boy who loved the Lord dearly,” Eric Brown, Aiden’s uncle, said. “… I pray that Jesus wraps his loving hands around us.”
Lupo died at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. His friend, 14-year-old Jacoby Locklear, who was steering the bicycle, was flown to McLeod Regional Medical Center on Tuesday night and was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday.
Lupo had just completed fifth grade at Rex-Rennert Elementary School.
According to Brown, the school’s former principal told his family that Lupo never gave him any problems. His uncle attributed that to him being a “sweet boy.” Brown said that he joined a church a few years ago and loved attending and worshiping.
According to the state Highway Patrol, James Bradford Davis, 38, was driving around a curve when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the bicycle and children children, overturning his 1995 Buick passenger vehicle in a ditch.
An accident report says that Davis was speeding and under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and reckless driving. After being treated for minor injuries, Davis was arrested and taken to Robeson County jail. His photograph was not available.
Lupo leaves behind two older brothers, Dustin, 15, and Trinstan, 13, as well as his mother, Kimberly Locklear.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Lupo’s home going service and funeral raised $1,835 as of this morning. To donate, visit gofundme.com/ewn4snub. Its goal is $15,000.
Gabrielle can be reached at 910-816-1989.