Mother Pleas For Help About Her Son's Death - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

6/5/08-Van Zandt County

Mother Pleas For Help About Her Son's Death

Her son was killed on the side of the road, and now she wants some answers.

Travis James Ainsworth died from cardiac arrest early Monday morning after he was found lying in the middle of Highway 243, bleeding, possibly hit by an unknown car, authorities say. Beyond that, they don't know much, and Wednesday, we saw them asking the public to come forward with any information. Thursday KLTV 7's Tracy Watler spoke with Travis' mother, who is making that same plea, hoping any thing, or anyone, can help her finally know what happened to her son.


"The investigators brought me out here this morning," Sharon Whallon says as she points out a spot in the roadway where investigators told her her son lay.

"We don't know if someone hit him, if he was pushed from a car, if he fell out of a car, we don't know," she adds.

And now, she's hoping you can help her piece that together.

"I just want to know what happened to my baby, please, anybody, who knows anything about what happened out here on this road, please call police. I ask you please help me find out what happened to my baby," she pleads.

All she does know--"a passerby saw something on the road, saw it move and called police."

This is what that man told police: "I don't want this dude to get hit anymore. I mean if I hadn't come along somebody would have ran over him cause I didn't even see him.  I thought it was a deer on the side of the road laying until I looked and it was a human," he tells police.  "His arm is broken...I think he got hit by a car!

The man stayed with Travis until police arrived.

"No man, just stay there, dude, you're going to be alright," he says over the dispatch call.

But Travis wasn't alright.  He died in the ambulance from cardiac arrest.

"He was a very beautiful, sensitive child, always tried to help people...this is every parent's nightmare to not be there to protect your child and to know that they were laying on the ground and not know what happened to them," she says.

It's a plea from a mother for answers--a plea for an end to her nightmare.

Travis Ainsworth's funeral is Friday at 10am at the First Assembly of God Church in Terrell.

Tracy Watler, Reporting tracy@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly