There was no heartbreaking visit from police. Instead, Nicole Bahret learned of the death of her son when she unknowingly came upon the scene of the crash in which he'd died. While driving home from running errands in Forsyth County, Ga., Bahret immediately recognized one of three vehicles at the scene. "That's how I found out," she tells WSB. "I knew when I saw his car." Bahret's son, 18-year-old MacKean Robertson, had died when a 17-year-old driver failed to yield at an intersection and collided with Robertson's 2005 Honda Accord, sending it into the path of another car on July 14, according to police. He was the sole fatality, though others were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, reports the Forsyth County News.
"You never think it's going to be you and everything changes," says Bahret, who'd spoken to her son just an hour before the crash. "In time you deal with it better but the pain doesn't go away." Still, she takes solace in the fact that Robertson was happy. "The day he died was probably one of the happiest days of his life because everything was going his way," she says. The recent high school graduate "had just started a job that he was very excited about," adds his aunt. "He had his whole life ahead of him." Natalie D'Allen, 17, surrendered to police on July 23 and has since been charged with vehicular homicide, per WSB and Fox News. Meanwhile, a YouCaring page has raised $15,000 to pay for Robertson's funeral expenses. (Cops say this teen driver livestreamed the crash that killed her sister.)