Family of teen killed talk about man who caused deadly wreck

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Family grieves for the son they lost
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A man accused of driving drunk is behind bars tonight after causing an accident that killed a 15-year-old boy.

3TV Reporter Kirsten Joyce talked to the boy's family.

Timothy Egnatoss was a sophomore at Polaris High School in the Paradise Valley School District.

He had recently transferred to this school from Queen Creek when he and his mom decided he should move in with his aunt so he could attend this school.

Angela DeVries describes the unique relationship with her 15-year-old son, Timothy.

"We were best friends," she said.

She was looking forward to their time together on Friday....

"He didn't show up," said DeVries.

Police say Timmy and a group of friends were invited by a neighbor, 36-year-old Frank Poston to go to Bartlett Lake to fish and swim.

Timmy's grandmother, Pauline McEwen said, "I don't know what a 36 year old man is doing with teenage children."

According to police, some people in the group were drinking.

Others were smoking marijuana.

When it was time to leave, they jumped into Poston's pick up and headed back home.

Along Cave Creek, Poston, who police say had been drinking, went too fast, and crashed and rolled his pick up at Desert Mountain Parkway.

Timmy died instantly.

"I answered the phone; all I could do was scream," said McEwen.

A baseball cap, some clothes and a towel were remnants of the day of camping and fishing, and show the brutal reality of Timmy's last moments.

"I want him back," said McEwen.

"We're a wreck," DeVries added.

As for the driver, both his mother and grandmother agree.

"I hope he gets everything he has coming to him," DeVries said.

As for their family, they grieve with those who loved him.

McEwan said, "Neighbors have been bringing dinners over and the parents of the other children, because everybody that met him, loved him. He was magic."