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Father of Teen Killed in Crash Has Message For Other Teens
COLERAIN, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Father of teen killed in crash remembers his son and has a message for other teens.
The father of a Colerain Township teen who was killed in a car crash last Friday night said his son had a "big heart" and was a best friend to many.
Steve Moormann said he hopes other teens can learn from the crash that killed his son, Eric.
"We were blessed to have 19 years with him," Steve Moormann said Monday night as he stood next to his son's red car in their driveway.
Moormann said he wished his son had been driving his own car Friday night because the circumstances would have been different.
A couple of weeks ago, someone wrote "Eric is awesome" on one of the car's windows. It's a message that's brought Steve Moormann comfort over the last couple of days.
"The stories that friends and acquaintances of his have shared with me over the last couple of days have made me more proud as a dad," Moorman said.
Steve Moormann last saw his son Friday evening. He left the house after 7 p.m. to meet up with friends.
"To think that all of this happened within 20 minutes of him leaving my house is the hardest thing to swallow for us. Because we were back here, we were actually outside, and we could hear the sirens from here," Moormann said.
Colerain Police said the car in which Eric Moormann was riding was driven by Kyle Stein, 19. Police are not commenting on the investigation but said alcohol or drugs - along with excessive speed - are factors in the crash.
Witnesses told Local 12 News Stein was street racing when his car spun out of control on Sheed Rd.
Rachel McGrath, 16, was also killed.
"I pray for everyone that was involved in this," Moormann said.
Eric was working full time refurbishing construction equipment at a company in Mason. Steve Moormann said his son had found his niche and planned to go back to school to learn more about hydraulics.
Eric loved music, soccer and his family.
Steve Moormann said he hopes no parent has to endure what he's going through. He hopes other teens will learn from the accident that killed his son.
"Think of Eric. And he's not here anymore and try to learn from that. Don't do a foolish thing in a car...think of your parents, think of the future. I know it's hard to do when you're that age. Try to look to the future a little farther and slow down," Moormann said.
Steve Moormann said another thing that makes him proud of his son is the fact that he became an organ donor. Parts of Eric's eyes, heart valves, ligaments and bones in his legs will be donated to help others.
A visitation for Eric Moormann will be held Thursday evening at St. James School in White Oak from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held at St. James Church on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.