SAN ANTONIO -- A heartbroken family, finally home from the hospital, is preparing for their 11-year-old son's funeral. Bryan Barrientos died Monday morning in a three-car crash, which was caused by a suspected drunk driver.
Mother Maria Barrientos says her heart is empty after the death of her oldest child. Bryan loved school and art and was supposed to receive an award Tuesday. She was taking the family to a doctor's appointment Monday because it was a school holiday and Bryan didn't want to miss class.
Maria says Bryan was an ideal son who never got into trouble and always put others first. He helped out around the house and would cook for himself.
She remembers seeing a car speeding behind her on Southwest Military Dr. Monday morning but thought the car would pass the family truck. Police say John Albert Hernandez was intoxicated at 8:00 a.m. that day and hit the back of the Barrientos' truck. The collision sent the truck spinning into oncoming traffic, where it hit a minivan.
Maria says Bryan was riding in the front seat, where the truck hit the minivan, and she says it's up to God to forgive Hernandez.
Visitation will begin Friday at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
There is a memorial fund set up and you can make a donation in Bryan Barrientos' name at any Wells Fargo location.