Christian Medina: Mother of SLC teen who died from crash reflects on accomplishments

Baseball star planned to major in engineering

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Every day, year-round, Christian Medina could be found on a baseball diamond. His mother, Madeline Medina told NewsChannel 5 Monday her son was kind and generous.

"There can't be a prouder mother than me. He accomplished so much in those 16 years," said Madeline Medina.

The first thing you see walking into the Medina home in Port St. Lucie is a huge board. It's filled with loving tributes, and stories of Christian Medina's selfless acts.

"I'm hearing things that he's done and it's amazing me because he was so quiet," said his mother.

Madeline Medina was shocked that one student wrote about the time her son got bullies to stop picking on him.

Christian Medina was a lot of things. A star high school catcher, a child model, national essay winner, and math whiz.

"His goal was to get his grades as high as he could get them so he could get into the University of Miami for engineering and baseball," said Medina.

There's barely any wall space left in Christian's room as they are covered by various awards and honors.

"He thought things out before he did them. That's the only reason he had a car.  That's the only reason he had two kids in the car with him.  He knew what was wrong and what was right," said Madeline Medina.

Christian Medina was behind the wheel of his car heading to Lincoln Park Academy last Wednesday when for some reason he lost control and hit a tree and a utility pole on Orange Avenue. Two of his classmates were also hurt. One is still hospitalized.

Christian is the second son Madeline Medina has lost. 

"Always tell your kids you love them, even if you are arguing with them, and kiss them," said Medina.

On his drivers license, it shows Christian Medina was an organ donor. One patient already has one of his kidneys.  A last act of giving from a kid beloved by many.

There will be a number of observances honoring Christian. One will be held Sunday at Tradition Field from 5-9 p.m.

The family right now is looking to raise money to pay for funeral expenses.

They have set up a fund you can get to here .

 

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