COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs teen killed in a collision was remembered as a talented singer who was a friend to everyone.
Chrishaun Moten, 17, died early Friday when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a suspected drunken driver.
Moten would have been a senior this fall at Lewis Central High School.
His funeral will be today at 1 p.m. at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home in Council Bluffs.
“He didn't really care what clique you were in or what walk of life you came from,” said Maggie Miller, president of the Lewis Central Student Council, which organized the event. “No matter who you were, he would stop you in the hallway and ask how you were doing.”
Moten was known as a talented singer and rapper and sang in one of the school's choirs, Miller said.
“We sang together a lot. He had a gift,” said Moten's friend Jade Jerkovich, a Lewis Central sophomore. “He had plans to go out after high school and try to make something of himself — and he would be the one to do it.”
Moten was a back-seat passenger in a car traveling west on Veterans Memorial Highway at 12:20 a.m. Friday. The car was hit by a van traveling east in the westbound lanes.
Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez, 31, of Nashville, Tenn., the driver of the van, was not injured.
He was arrested on suspicion of homicide by vehicle, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, operating while intoxicated, no driver's license and no proof of insurance.