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Parents remember 16-year-old killed in student driving accident

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Joseph Franks (Source: Instagram) Joseph Franks (Source: Instagram)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Two days after student driver Joseph Franks and his instructor Thomas Smith were killed when police say they failed to stop at a stop sign, the teen's parents spoke to Toledo News Now about their son.

"He was just always talking about getting his driver's license," said Carrie Franks, Joseph's mother. "He was always helping me. He's always been the big helper of the family."

The family is left with many questions about what happened on Monday, April 28.

"I just want to know why that guy didn't stop. If my son ran a stop sign why didn't he hit the brake pedal?" said Rob Franks, Joseph's father.

That's a question investigators are still trying to answer, but they do know all the safety equipment in the car was up to date.

Franks's parents say this was Joseph's first time driving with an instructor.

Investigators say Smith was in a similar accident just days before.

"If I knew that he got into an accident two days prior before he went out I probably would not have let him go," said Rob Franks.

It's a tragic accident family members say they wish they could change.

But now they're moving forward, looking for donations to help lay Joseph to rest. A donation fund has been set up through Huntington Bank. Donations may be made at any Huntington location.

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