Cyclist fights for life after crash that killed his father


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We told you yesterday about an accident on River Road that killed a man and seriously injured his son.

David Doolittle and his son Trey were riding their bikes when troopers say Thomas Grooms hit them in his Buick sedan. David Doolittle died at the scene. Now family and friends are left hoping and praying for Trey.

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Monday was day two in a long road to recovery for Trey Doolittle and his family and friends.

The 17-year-old’s track coach at New Hanover High School says Trey is an active teenager.

“The bike ride that he was on, he was probably training for a triathlon with his dad. In the past he’s done triathlons with his father, he has a good active lifestyle, and he does well at them,” Nolan Tobey said.

Nolan Tobey says Trey and David competed in numerous triathlons together, including an Ironman race, which is a big feat for a senior in high school.

Tobey says Trey is well liked at school, and he thinks the accident will greatly affect classmates.

“It will probably be a little sad at practice, and understandably so,” he said.

Tobey says he hopes through the tragedy of this accident lessons are learned.

“I hope people take it pretty seriously,” Tobey said. “I mean, it’s a real sad story that the son and the dad were out training and being healthy and doing things they were supposed to, and it’s unfortunate that they got hurt by someone that was doing things they shouldn’t have been doing.”

Grooms has a list of charges ranging from felony death by motor vehicle to felony DWI and cocaine possession. Troopers have sent Grooms’s blood to the SBI in order to test for all substances. They expect to have the results back to the DA’s office soon.

Trey Doolittle is still in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Students at New Hanover High School are holding a vigil at 8 p.m. to celebrate their friend.