Neighbors on Autumn Sunrise in shock over boy's death
Brandon Abrams hit, killed while riding bike; Luis Landin charged
The death of 6-year-old Brandon Abrams by a suspected teenage drunken driver was being called "senseless" by residents in a far West side neighborhood.
Meanwhile, people who know the teen who was behind the wheel, Luis Landin, 17, are also having trouble making sense of the situation.
San Antonio police arrested Landin on a charge of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the Thursday evening crash.
According to officers on the scene, Landin told them he had reached for a cell phone that he dropped just before his pickup jumped the curb in the 9300 block of Autumn Sunrise. The truck then hit Brandon, who was riding his brand new bicycle on the sidewalk, police said. The boy, who was a first grader at Nichols Elementary school, died at a hospital.
"We're all in this area right here, close-knit. And this is senseless," said Jane Withers, a neighbor who witnessed the fatal crash.
Withers said she spent most of the day Friday standing next to a makeshift memorial at the scene of the crash to collect donations from passersby.
"Raising money to help with what the family needs, whatever they need," she said. "We're neighbors, and that's what we're here for."
Strangers who drove up to drop off donations also got out of their vehicles to give Withers a hug. Some lit candles and said brief prayers for the family.
At Brandon's school, grief counselors helped classmates deal with the news Friday morning, according to a spokeswoman with the Northside Independent School District.
In another neighborhood about a mile away, others included Landin and his family in their prayers.
One family friend, who did not want to be identified, said Landin's parents also have been hit hard by the news.
"They're good people," he said. "We know his family. They're not known as drinkers, or him either."
"There was no malicious intent here and everybody's losing. At the end of the day, all we can do is pray for both families," said Landin's neighbor.
While friends of both families turn to a higher power, Landin eventually will have to answer to criminal charges. He's being held in the Bexar County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
A memorial account for Brandon has been set up with Security Service Federal Credit Union under his name. People wanting to make a donation can go by any SSFCU branch.
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