Family grieves for mother and worries about condition of son


Xavier and Mom, Bridget

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - A fatal car accident is still under investigation. The accident happened Monday morning at the intersection of Harvest Road and Johnson Road when a 2003 Chevrolet was struck by a 2015 Ford pickup truck.

The passenger of the car, 42-year-old Bridget Williams was pronounced dead on the scene. Her son, 14-year-old Xavier Watkins, was transported to the hospital for serious injuries.

Xavier was supposed to begin high school this week and suit up to play football, but now he will spend time recovering before he can lace up his cleats.

"He did a great job this summer as far as being a part of the weight room and being a leader and encouraging others," said Ardmore Head Football Coach, Clint Legg.

Being a part of the Ardmore Tigers Football Team, he was planning to play linebacker on defense. "Our guys, since we don't have a lot of players - they play JV and varsity," said Legg.

But a tragic accident, claiming the life of his mother and injuring him, has put his football career on hold. "The injuries sustained are pretty severe," said Legg.

Broken ribs, femur, bones around his temple, and bleeding on the brain.

"It's going to be a long process to get better, any time there is a car accident," said Legg.

But with every surgery to keep him stable - the bill goes up.

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We spoke with his family Tuesday afternoon, and they're unsure his Medicaid will cover the costs. His mother passed away in the accident; another bill her four children have on their minds, because they didn't have funeral insurance.

But the family told WHNT News 19 they'll figure it out, they just want Xavier back home.

"Everybody cares about him and he's always going to be in our prayers and everyone is praying for him to get better and for his family," said Legg.

Xavier is still in the ICU at Huntsville Hospital.