KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — This past Friday, the families of 5-year-old Wyatt Frost and 57-year-old, Earl Gray, had a hole gouged into their lives.
Frost and Gray died when a car Gray was driving was hit by a truck on the Maine Turnpike in Wells.
Gray had been driving Frost to Wells every weekday for a few years so he could go to special programming for his disability.
His parents were working, so they used a free service provided by the York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC) to get Wyatt to the nonprofit's Morrison Center.
Gray had been a driver for that program for about a decade, and Wyatt was the first person he would pick up every day for the last two to three years.
Wyatt and Earl developed a special bond during the time they were together on rides from the Frost’s house in Lyman. Frost would sing songs and point out the animals he and Earl passed along the way.
According to Gray’s ex-wife, Laurie Gray, Earl called Wyatt his, “little buddy.”
Wyatt’s mother, Jena Frost, doesn’t blame Earl for the accident and says she knew “he would protect him.”
Officers said the crash that killed Wyatt and Earl happened because of an abrupt slowdown on the turnpike. And that slowdown was caused by another serious crash on the opposite side of the interstate.
A Portland man had crashed his SUV into the guardrail near the Kennebunk service plaza and was thrown from the vehicle, according to officials. He was last reported as in the hospital, expected to recover.
Both the Frosts and Grays have GoFundMe pages set up to help cover funeral costs.
The Frosts plan to find a way to remember Wyatt with the Morrison Center at some point in the future.