Brother Fulfills Wish of Teen Killed in Brunswick Crash
CLEVELAND — Baseball is often the backdrop for the stories of one’s life, and in the case of Kevin Fox, 18, and Lexi Poerner, 16, it was a love story.
The Brunswick High School students were Indian fans, and one of their favorite photos, shows the young couple at Progressive Field.
Sadly, Kevin and Lexi’s lives ended too early. They were among four Brunswick students killed on June 3rd, when the car they were riding in crashed after traveling across a rail crossing at a high rate of speed. The car went airborne and then slammed into a ditch and a tree. A fifth student survived.
Saturday, the Indians invited Kevin Fox’s brother to throw out the first pitch before the Tribe’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The first pitch had been Kevin’s dream, according to a so-called “bucket list” he had filled out at school. His mother, Sherri Fox, told Fox 8, “I think he would be smiling, he would be very happy, and he would be very proud that we’re doing this.”
Sean Fox, wearing the number 99 Indians jersey his brother favored, delivered the first pitch to Tribe manager Manny Acta. Fox said the first pitch was a way to honor Kevin and his wish.
“I mean it’s still hard for me to even realize that he’s not there anymore for me”, said Fox, “but he’ll always be with me, but it’s just hard.”
On this night, the families of Kevin Fox and Lexi Poerner say baseball has the power, in a small way, to start the process of healing broken hearts. According to Lexi’s sister, Savana Poerner, “it means a lot, it really does, it’s so nice that this happened and it means a lot to me, and I know they’re looking down.”