|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1987|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 2008|
Dustin was a friend, he lived with my son Dennis and played in his band for a while and was an extremely nice, well mannered young man.
Daniel Dustin Fite wrote these words in a book to his unborn child, who is due in October: "I promise to be the best father I can be."
Because of a fatal car wreck, Fite won't know his child.
"Once he found out about the baby, he was devoted to it," said Fite's girlfriend, Kristen McCall of Kings Mountain.
Fite, who lived in south Gastonia, died in a car wreck at the intersection of Wilkinson Boulevard and Lakewood Road early Saturday morning.
The driver of the other vehicle, Kimberly Monique Smith, 31, of Gastonia, is facing driving while impaired, second-degree murder, felony death by vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, failing to stop at a red light and felony serious injury by vehicle.
"The first day, I was mad," said Fite's mother, Sherry Pineda.
Now, she said, she is not so angry.
"I would like to hug her and let her know she is forgiven," said Pineda.
Friends and family gathered at Pineda's house Tuesday morning, to go through old photographs and share memories.
"He touched a lot of lives in so many ways," Pineda said.
Some memories brought laughter and some brought tears.
McCall was reminded about how Fite would try to kiss her 100 times a day. The memory put a smile on her face, but that smile turned to tears as she said, "I forgot all about that."
The thing they remembered most was his love for music.
At the age of 12, Fite learned how to play guitar by listening to Jimi Hendrix. He always found a way to express how he felt through poetry and music, his family said.
"It was so beautiful," Pidena said.
Fite had two brothers and one sister.
"He was just so sweet and tender," said his 17-year-old sister Kayla Fite.
McCall said if the child is a boy, she is going to name him Daniel in honor of his father.
"He was a good friend, anytime you needed to talk to him, he would listen," Pidena said.
Fite was the passenger in Michael Johnson's, car.
"They just went to get hamburgers," said Johnson's mother, Grace Johnson.
Johnson, 23, remains at Gaston Memorial Hospital in critical condition. He is still in a coma, on a respirator and has pneumonia, according to Grace Johnson.
She said he opened his eyes for the first time Tuesday.
"He's not really responsive to commands," she said. "They can't tell me if he's going to be all right."
Johnson and Fite met 10 years ago when they lived in the same neighborhood at Creekside. Many described them as brothers.
"They were so similar," Grace Johnson said.
CRAMERTON - The fatality in the Saturday morning crash has been identified as 20-year-old Daniel Dustin Fite.
Fite was a passenger in car driven by Michael Glen Johnson, 23, of Belmont, which was hit by a car that ran a red light, according to police. Johnson was still listed in critical condition Monday morning at Gastonia Memorial Hospital in Gastonia.
Kimberly Monique Smith, 31, of Gastonia, was the driver of the vehicle that ran the stop sign, according to police.
Smith and a passenger in her car, Lachaka Shonte Hemphill, 26, of Gastonia, were both treated and released from Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Smith was charged with a DUI. Cramerton police are continuing to investigate the wreck and additional charges against Smith are pen
The woman accused of driving drunk in a wreck that killed a passenger in another car Saturday now faces a charge of second-degree murder.
Kimberly Monique Smith, 31, of the 900 block of Sycamore Street, Gastonia, allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Wilkinson Boulevard and Lakewood Road and struck a car, killing a passenger in that car, Daniel Dustin Fite, 20, of Bessemer City.
Michael Glen Johnson, 23, of Belmont was the driver of the car Fite was traveling in, police say.
Smith also faces charges of aggravated felony death by vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, failing to stop at a steady red light and driving while impaired.
A Gaston County court convicted Smith of DWI on Jan. 14, 2005.
She remains in Gaston County Jail under $500,000 bond, according to jail officials.
Smith and a passenger in her car, Lachaka Shonte Hemphill, 26, of Gastonia were both treated and released from Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Johnson was listed in critical condition at Gaston Memorial Hospital on Sunday. An update on his condition was not immediately available Tuesday.
Dustin, we all loved you
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Record added: May 24, 2008
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