Jamar Eaglin, 3, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the vehicle his mother was driving lost control and hit a power pole on Little York near Homestead. Three other boys in the car, ages 6 months, 7 and 9, were not severely injured, family members said.
"A little bumps and bruises but for the most part, by the grace of God, they made it out okay," Junius Eaglin said.
Junius is their cousin. He said Jamar and his brothers rode horses with him often. He remembers Jamar as bright and energetic.
"He was our little cowboy," he said.
The mother who was driving, Rovonda Eaglin, is still in and out of consciousness, family members said. She's had multiple surgeries, so they have not yet told her Jamar died.
"When I was at the hospital last night, she wasn't able to talk or communicate," said Rovonda's cousin, Lakesha Austin.
The family said they're trying to raise money for this unexpected funeral. They set up a GoFundMe account hoping to raise enough funding to embalm Jamar's body to help delay the funeral until they're able to tell his mother he is gone.
Police said the roads were slick at the time of the crash, and the car may have been speeding when it his this dip and lost control.
Lavonda was trying to get her family to the boys' school for a Christmas event, Austin said.
Now, friends and relatives are leaving toys and balloons at the crash scene as a makeshift memorial.
Family members are trusting their faith will get them through.
"God, he don't make no mistakes," Junius said. null