CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The woman who says Chris Matherly was like a son to her, explains how it feels to never see the boy she let live with her, ever again.
"My heart aches. It just aches it a relentless ache," says Patricia Martin.
She spoke with us at the scene of the accident that claimed his life and took us back to the moment when a friend first told her of the crash.
"He called me and said there was a wreck on Courthouse Avenue and in my heart of hearts I knew that it might be our guys, and sure enough it turned out to be our guys," said Martin.
She was joined with her children, Chris' ex-girlfriend, current girlfriend, and her mother who are all still mourning their loss. They believe this accident could have easily been prevented.
"They had come over to my house at about 3 o'clock in the morning very intoxicated," said Katelyn Fitchett, Chris' girlfriend. "I wish he hadn't gotten in the car and gotten in the accident."
The vehicle Chris was riding in hit a tree on Courthouse Road. Now flowers lay at the base of the tree in his memory. Martin had these few words for the boy she never got a chance to say goodbye to.
"I hope it didn't hurt too much," said Martin. "I love you and I hope you're in a happier place."
"I just want to tell him how much I loved him," added Fitchett.