(WSB photo from January 15th)
The crash that closed 26th SW by Shorewood Market for hours three weeks ago has turned fatal. The 14-year-old boy hit by a truck, identified by family friends as Carter Allen, died this weekend. According to family friend Ericka, his injuries included irreversible brain damage, and he died after being taken off life support. She says Carter was autistic, a student at White Center’s Evergreen High School, raised by his single dad Derek Allen, who also went to EHS. Ericka writes:
Carter was a very happy boy who always had a smile on his face. Derek has been by Carter’s side in the hospital nonstop since the day of the accident, going through the ups and downs holding out hope and waiting for the day that Carter would open his eyes and he could hear his voice. He was told that it would be a long road to recovery, but never figured it would come to this.
Throughout this whole ordeal, Derek has never once asked for any help and has just said when asked that they will be fine and work things out as he can. Derek is the type of person that he would give his last dollar and the shoes off his feet if someone was in need, and he never wants to bother anyone with his troubles. It would be wonderful if his friends and those that know Carter could show them just how important they are. The medical bills are going to be outrageous and the funeral expenses are to be many, so any financial help that we can give him will help and be very appreciated. I know that Derek would do the same for someone else if they were in this situation, no matter how little he had.
A PayPal account has been set up for anyone who would like to donate, and Ericka says there will be a fundraising event in the near future. While the crash remains under investigation, King County Sheriff’s Deputies had said days afterward that it appeared to be an accident.