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BUFFALO, NY - A night out with friends turned tragic for a 21-year old Buffalo man. Jireh Williams, 21, was a back seat passenger in a vehicle that police say was speeding and possibly racing another car.

Williams was ejected about 40-feet from the vehicle which landed in the grass after striking a curb, guardrail and tree bear the on-ramp to the 33 Expressway on Elm Street. It happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Williams, the son of retired Buffalo Fire Department Chaplain Kenny Williams, was a student at ECC. He is described as a young man who was kind and never worried. His father told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "Jireh is the epitome of Hakuna Matata" of the Lion King, which means, 'no worries.'

"Never thought in a million years that I would get a call that would involve my son," his father said. Jireh died about three hours after the accident.

Bronte Williams smiled as she reflected on her son's endearing personality. "Everybody loved Jireh. He's going to greet you with a hug and a kiss always."

If there is a lesson to be learned from this tragedy, the father says it should be for young people to stop and think before always going out to have a good time. "Sometimes you just have to make a decision not to go, sometimes we say there's a small voice that says 'hey, maybe not tonight, tonight might be a good night to go home, eat some pizza.' The lure of having a good time is so prominent right now with our younger generation. They love hanging out having a good time together. Sometimes it's good not to push the limit, push the envelope of going out and having a good time all the time," said the father.

Williams graduated from LaFayette High School where he played football.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, June 28, 2013, Bethesda World Harvest International Church, 1365 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Police are still investigating, but they do expect to charge the driver of the vehicle.

His name and the name of the other passenger have not been released. They suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUFFALO, NY - A night out with friends turned tragic for a 21-year old Buffalo man. Jireh Williams, 21, was a back seat passenger in a vehicle that police say was speeding and possibly racing another car.

 

Williams was ejected about 40-feet from the vehicle which landed in the grass after striking a curb, guardrail and tree bear the on-ramp to the 33 Expressway on Elm Street. It happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Williams, the son of retired Buffalo Fire Department Chaplain Kenny Williams, was a student at ECC. He is described as a young man who was kind and never worried. His father told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "Jireh is the epitome of Hakuna Matata" of the Lion King, which means, 'no worries.'

"Never thought in a million years that I would get a call that would involve my son," his father said. Jireh died about three hours after the accident.

Bronte Williams smiled as she reflected on her son's endearing personality. "Everybody loved Jireh. He's going to greet you with a hug and a kiss always."

If there is a lesson to be learned from this tragedy, the father says it should be for young people to stop and think before always going out to have a good time. "Sometimes you just have to make a decision not to go, sometimes we say there's a small voice that says 'hey, maybe not tonight, tonight might be a good night to go home, eat some pizza.' The lure of having a good time is so prominent right now with our younger generation. They love hanging out having a good time together. Sometimes it's good not to push the limit, push the envelope of going out and having a good time all the time," said the father.

Williams graduated from LaFayette High School where he played football.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, June 28, 2013, Bethesda World Harvest International Church, 1365 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Police are still investigating, but they do expect to charge the driver of the vehicle.
His name and the name of the other passenger have not been released. They suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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