17-year old dies in car crash, underage drinking party may be involved; parents search for answers

“He’s so funny and so loving,” said Hydi Hebert, the mother of 17-year-old Caden Nieneker who died in a car crash on Highway 71.   “We need answers to stop this from ever happening again, we need answers for closure for our family,” said Hebert.

Hebert says her son was at a party in Spicewood last Saturday night, a flyer for the event advertises live music and free drinks. Since the crash, Caden’s parents have been trying to figure out what happened. Caden’s friends told them that a big fight broke out at the party before he left.   “She said that people were getting hit in the head by beer bottles, furniture was being broken, glasses were being thrown,” said Caden’s father Eric Nieneker.

After that, Caden’s parents aren’t sure what happened. Police say Caden was a passenger in a car with two others when the car went off the road and hit a tree. Caden was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver and another passenger got out and ran from the scene. The driver of the vehicle later returned and is now facing charges.  Caden’s parents say they want to know what happened at the party before the crash.

Austin police say on Sunday, Dec. 18 around 3:40 a.m., Franklyn Montes De Oca was driving eastbound on W. State Highway 71 in the Oak Hill area when he drove off the road and hit a tree. De Oca had two passengers with him in the car.  After the crash, De Oca and one of his passengers ran away from the scene, but 17-year-old Caden Nieneker died at the scene. Police say De Oca later returned to the scene and charges are currently pending.

Investigators are waiting on toxicology results to determine if intoxication was a factor in the crash. Additionally, toxicology is pending to determine if intoxication was a factor in this incident.

“If anybody has any pictures, any video of my son, you can’t miss him he has the whitest hair ever…everyone knows who he is, you can pick him out of a crowd,” said Hebert.  “If there is something wonderful that can come out of a tragedy that kids can just slow down and trust their parents.  If you can reach out to us as a family and give us any type of help and information, then maybe we can prevent this from happening again,” said Eric Nieneker.

Parents of son killed in crash search for answers

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