Campbell County residents raise money for boy who died in car crash

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) – Residents living in a Campbell County community are raising money for the family of a little boy who died in a car crash last week.

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State troopers say five-year-old Skyland Coker was in the car with his father and sister when they suddenly hit a tree head on, killing the little boy and his dad.

Skyland’s mother, Amie Lowe, says she’s still in shock.

“That it really wasn’t happening. It wasn’t him. It wasn’t my baby,” she said.

Many remember him for his love of sharks and putting a smile on everyone’s face.

Skyland Coker is remembered for his love of sharks and putting a smile on everyone’s face.

“He was funny. He was always trying to make you laugh,” said Skyland’s aunt, Becky Pierce.

Skyland was in the same car as his dad, Bobby Coker, Jr., and his eight-year-old sister, Marissa, when the car suddenly went off the side of Highway 116 and hit a tree, according to the report released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Lowe says they were on their way to their father’s house for the weekend.

The two have been separated for five years.

Five-year-old Skyland Coker was in the car with his father and sister when they suddenly hit a tree head on, killing the little boy and his dad.

She now worries the crash could have long-term effects on her daughter.

“Does she really understand?,” said Lowe. “How is she really going to deal with it and will she ever understand?”

This is the same crash that Jacksboro police detective Mike Starrett was on his way to when he got hit head on.

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Lowe donated some of Skyland’s organs to other children in need.

“I may be able to hear his heart beat again. I may be able to meet one of the children that’s seeing with his eyes,” she said.

Lowe told WATE 6 On Your Side that Skyland’s sister, Marissa, is expected to be released from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on Thursday. She sustained some injuries from the crash including a fractured pelvis and two broken bones in her right hand.

A GoFundMe page has been created to cover funeral expenses for Skyland. The Walters Funeral Home in LaFollette is also accepting donations.

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