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Son Dies, Mother in Coma After Collision in Riverside

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By Cheryl Brown

Hundreds came out to pay their last respects to William "Tre" Beverly III, 33, who was killed in a terrible head on collision. His mother Willie Mae, 58, remains in a coma in a Riverside hospital. The collision occured last week on Palm Sunday at 1:45 a.m.

In piecing the story together The Black Voice News found that Beverly and her son had an argument over her sports car that he had apparently taken. When he returned to his mother’s house, there was a brief argument and his girlfriend got out of her Nissan 240SX and began walking home. Tre pulled away in the car and Willie Mae grabbed her keys to pursue him. Somewhere near Central and Carissa Avenues as he was heading back to her house and she was heading away from it, a collision occurred.

She was going east and he was going west and somehow he tried to stop and she didn’t. Her Honda Passport was much larger than the sports car and the impact was so great Tre died at the scene.

According to Riverside Sergeant Ken Carpenter, they were travelling at a significant speed when they collided and she probably didn’t see him. The skid marks indicate he saw her.

"It seems there was a dispute at the house. Both cars are registered to her and he either kept the car out too late or took the car. He had a girlfriend that she (Willie Mae) didn’t like and she got out of the car and began walking away. The son went to look for his girlfriend and in the housing track where they live there is one way in and out and it is shaped like a square. It seems they went in opposite directions. She was trying to catch up with him at the intersection when they collided. When we arrived both cars were going in the same direction,” said Carpenter.

"We are investigating this as a traffic collision as opposed to a deliberate criminal act. The girlfriend came upon the collision after she saw the fire truck and police car responding," he said, she is the one who told us about the argument."

Willie Mae was transported to Riverside Community Hospital with major injuries due to blunt force trauma, said Carpenter’s press release.

The family is devastated. His great aunt, Gay Caroline said, "he was a wonderful gentleman and a loving father. His (late) grandfather, my brother would have been so proud of Tre."

Chuckie Johnson, one of Willie Mae’s business associates said, "don’t you remember Tre? He was a little boy when he was playing as his mother worked in her hair shop." Willie Mae’s Braidery was located on Park Ave. in Riverside.

His father, William "Sonny" Beverly, said he will get past this and God is in control of these matters. He knows that it was an accident that they ran into each other. “She was driving the Honda and he was in that little Nissan it was late at night and she didn’t see him. Anyone who knows my family knows the spirit of love they have for each other," said Beverly II.

Tre like to fly model planes and ride motorcycles. He also accepted Christ at an early age. He also enjoyed listening to music, gardening, cooking, shooting pool and playing darts. He attended Ramona High School. His happiest times were spent with his family, Valerie and his children.

He leaves to cherish his memory, parents: William Elliott "Sonny" and Willie Mae Beverly; children: William Beverly IV, Breana, and Elijah J.P.; brothers: Robert L. Carter, Tyre E. of Riverside, and John Beverly of Phoenix, AZ; grandmother Carrie M. Stephens; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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