Dawn Fedele first learned something was wrong when one of her son’s friends called Monday night.
“I got a call from one of his best friends, and they were like, ‘Have you heard from Noah?’ ” she said on Thursday. “I said no.”
Her 17-year-old was supposed to have been home at 10 p.m. after a dinner with friends.
“Then I saw on Facebook that somebody had put that there had been a fatality on the parkway and to avoid that area,” she said.
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She rushed to the scene
“They had it blocked off, so I just got out of the car and ran and ran,” she said.
What she found is every parent’s worst nightmare.
Her son had died in a crash on Bluffton Parkway around 10:30 p.m. near Pinecrest Drive. His passenger and friend Samuel Bougus had also died.
“I saw the car was smashed,” Fedele said of the white Range Rover her son drove. “I talked to the coroner, and they said he died instantly.”
The vehicle flipped over after Fedele apparently lost control and struck several trees in the median, according to Joy Nelson, spokesperson for the Bluffton Police Department.
Dawn Fedele said the days following her son’s death have been a blur.
Family and friends have descended on the Fedele family’s home, and a formal visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road in Bluffton, with a reception to follow at the Bluffton Community Center on Goethe Road.
A funeral Mass for Bougus will be held at 12:15 p.m. Friday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church at 31 St. Gregory Drive in Bluffton. Bougus’ family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 a.m. until the hour of service.
“Everybody loved Noah,” Dawn Fedele said. “My son was very intelligent. He built his own computer, and he was a gamer. He was outgoing, loved his little sister and his family in general.”
Her son transferred from Bluffton High School in November of last year to take online classes for his GED. Noah was getting ready to get his contractor’s license in order to work for his father’s construction company, she said.
On Tuesday, friends and family of the two teens gathered at Brighton Beach to honor both young men.
“I got down there when they were finishing up,” Fedele said. “There were hundreds of kids at (the beach) who set off balloons and did a tribute. ... Everybody loved Noah.”
Attempts to contact the Bougus family have been unsuccessful.