MORRIS PARK, Bronx – Candice Edwards said she was doing laundry all day last Saturday when her partner, Troy Carter, took their 7-year-old twin sons for the day, along with Carter’s 11-year-old daughter.
Carmello and Romello had just finished a football game at Glen Cove, and that was special for Carmello.
“Carmello scored his first goal,” Candice Edwards told PIX11 News by telephone. “He did a Fortnite dance.”
The mom spoke to PIX11 News at the Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, where she watches over Carmello’s twin, Romello. The brothers were riding in the backseat of their father’s Nissan Altima early Sunday morning when it hit the retaining wall of a private home in New Rochelle just off the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway.
Troy Carter, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I think he was lost,” Edwards said.
Carmello, who rode behind his father, died at Jacobi Hospital, a trauma center several miles away in the Bronx.
This is the same hospital where his brother, Romello, was operated on on his admission on Sunday morning. The third-grade student also survived a five-hour operation on Monday and is facing a major operation on Friday. Romello Carter, who is expected to be 8 on October 17, suffered severe internal trauma in the crash.
“He can wake up and shake your hand,” Romello’s mother told us over the phone. “He answered my voice. He is in deep sedation.
“He is in a lot of pain,” said the mother. “You can tell he’s trying to speak.”
The boys’ older sister, Tiara. also had surgery and her mother was also in Jacobi.
Candice Edwards, a program administrator at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral and medical costs, but everything is still too fresh for Edwards to consider planning a memorial for 7-year-old Carmello.
“I’ve never been to a vigil or a funeral,” Edwards said. “I don’t like that kind of atmosphere.
Edwards told PIX11 News about his two sons, who were “best friends” but still kept in separate classes in the Glen Cove School District, where they grew up.
Still, the brothers played on the same sports teams, and a photo provided by Edwards showed Carmello and Romello dressed in their red Little League uniforms from last summer. Carmello, left in the photo, was wearing his baseball cap and holding a trophy at the end of the season.
Another photo shows the twins when they were a bit younger, with their proud dad in the middle of the photo.
Yet another photo shows the cheerful family at the beach, Candice Edwards taking a selfie with the twins and Troy Carter in the back.
“Troy always took them everywhere,” Edwards said.
Edwards said Troy Carter was working at a Syosset warehouse when he developed knee and hip problems earlier this year. Carter had knee surgery in May, followed by hip replacement in June.
“He was using crutches and a cane,” Edwards said of the 6’4 ″ Carter.
Edwards said his surviving son Romello had a heart of gold and was very loving.
“He’ll give you a hug and not even know you,” Edwards told PIX11 News.
The mother said she still trusted Jacobi’s doctors and nurses because they were so dedicated to Romello’s care.
“He’s got a ’round the clock’ team,” the mother said. “He has his own nurse. I get the impression he’s literally the president here.
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