It's a reality no parent wants to face.
A Hixson mother is preparing to bury her son while her daughter fights for her life in the hospital after a car crash.
Little did Cassie Wolfe know that Monday morning would be the last time she saw her son alive. 15-year-old Michael Wolfe died in a car crash that morning.
"It wasn't real. It just didn't seem like it was real. I mean I just saw him earlier that morning and he was in the living room and it just didn't feel real," says Wolfe.
Police say Michael and his 17-year-old sister, Jennie were in this pickup truck when the 17-year-old driver lost control on Adams Road. The truck flipped several times before hitting a tree. They say all three teens were thrown out of the car. Michael, didn't make it. The impact of the crash caused Jennie's main artery to sever. Doctors say for now they've been able to stop the bleeding. But she still remains critical.The driver in this crash, 17 year old Jordan Walker, is being charged with vehicular homicide. He is now behind bars.
It's tough news to hear for students at Hixson High School.
"A few of the students that were really close didn't come to school today and we certainly understand that. Some of the students that learned that had been close to them took it kind of hard and when a teacher recognizes that or we recognize that in the office, we pair them up with a counselor," says Principal of Hixson High Lee Sims.
But Wolfe says she has a tough road ahead. Jennie still doesn't know her brother is gone.
"It's going to hit her hard. I'm hoping that she learns from this about jumping in the car with people that she's not familiar with and more responsible," says Wolfe.
Police say the other 17-year-old driver only suffered minor injuries and say charges are pending. Meanwhile, Wolfe says doctors remain optimistic about Jennie's recovery.By Alyssa Spirato