Soldier home for Christmas, 1-year-old son killed in head-on Tennessee crash

Anthony Owens and his 18-month-old son, Richard. (Randy Owens via WCYB)

UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WCYB) - A soldier just home for Christmas was killed by a wrong way driver in a crash that also took the life of his young child.

Anthony Owens, 23, was struck by 42-year-old Tina Marshall on Interstate 26 Thursday night, WCYB reported. Both drivers were killed, as was Owens' 18-month-old son Richard.

Owens had just come home from the Army for Christmas and had recently signed on to serve three more years.

"He always did whatever needed to be done in the Army,” Owens' father Randy said.

The soldier's parents said he and his son were on their way to get groceries when they were struck. An Army cook, Owens was planning to treat his parents to dinner.

"We've been picking at him, telling him he needs to cook for us,” his mother Christy said.

"He cooks for everybody else but not us,” Randy said.

"It was our turn,” Christy replied.

The tragedy is even more painful for Owens' parents as Christmas approaches.

"It's going to be hard,” Randy said. "Very hard."

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