CHINA, TEXAS -- The family of a man who was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident is remembering Melton 'Pete' Sonnier as a wonderful person with a great sense of humor.
His nephew remembers Sonnier as his 'Uncle Pete.'
"She was just balling, crying. She told me what happened and it kinda just took me a minute to realize that it was real. Just kinda took me somewhere else," said Wil Sonnier Jr.
The family of Melton 'Pete' Sonnier is processing the events of Wednesday night.
"It's still weighing but it's settling in that it happens. It's life and... we're gonna miss him," said Wil.
Pete Sonnier spent all of his life in China.
He lost his life Wednesday after a driver struck him on a dimly lit, narrow road, near his home.
"I don't know if he was crossing the street or... I mean, if anything," said Wil. "Freak accidents happen."
According the Department of Public Safety, a driver was traveling northbound on South Broadway in China at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when the passenger noticed something lying in the roadway. The driver braked but was unable to swerve in time.
"It's difficult. Everybody's thinking about Pete. Everybody had their own memories with him. Just replaying stuff," said Wil.
Memories they'll keep for a lifetime. The Sonnier family saying they'll miss Pete's sense of humor the most.
"When we have family functions he's the life of the party. He's always telling jokes, always funny. That's the story I guess we can all attest to, if you're around him, you're gonna laugh the whole time you're with him," said Wil.
The family says it has no ill feelings toward the driver and may eventually reach out when the investigation is complete.
They say they hope the accident will make drivers extra cautious while driving on dark, narrow roads.