Life doesn't always make sense and it surely isn't always fair. You don't have to tell that to Charles Garley's siblings. Not now. Not since a freak incident snatched away their beloved brother nicknamed "Spooky."
"All the kids are crazy about Uncle 'Spooky.' He teaches them karate. He's just 'Spooky,'" says his sister Carla Hall.
His wife was with him when this happened. She was sitting in the car as he pumped air at the Shell fuel station at the intersection of the Eastex Freeway eastbound frontage road and Aldine Mail Route.
Investigators say a red pickup truck barreled through the intersection after the male driver lost control and slammed the vehicle into the compressor, the car and 'Spooky.' They have not yet determined what killed Charles, but any of those things could have. His wife was taken to a hospital while the pickup driver was unscathed.
Mohammed Nagori was working inside the store when this tragedy unfolded.
"I heard a loud 'boom!," says Nagori. Horrified, he contacted 911, then shot cell phone video of the surveillance video before giving it to police.
The dark shape at the top of the screen in the surveillance video is Garley's car. The video shows the pickup truck come flying from out of nowhere and then the ensuing chaos.
Questions remain. Why did the driver lose control? Was it excessive speed? Were drugs and/or alcohol involved? All things investigators are quizzing the pickup truck driver about.
Investigators say they will be able to glean more information from the computers onboard both vehicles.
Garley's family is grieving terribly, that's obvious, but what's not so obvious is what his sister would like to say to the man that allegedly caused the death of her brother.
"God bless you and I just hope and pray that this was an accident. No drugs. No alcohol. I hope that they can sleep at night and find peace with God and we have to pray for them too," says Hall.