The devastated family of a boy killed when he was struck by a minivan while skateboarding said parents should stress to children the dangers of playing in the road.
Lesa Jimenez wants the road where her grandson was hit to be widened, sidewalks added and his apartment complex to get a playground.
"I never expected it to be my grandchild," she said.
She wants to know if the woman who struck the two boys was speeding. Jorden Hale, 8, was killed. His friend, 6-year-old Jesus Gonzales, is in the hospital and faces a long road to recovery. He suffered a head injury and broken bones. He has undergone surgery to repair his broken leg.
The two boys had snuck off from a gathering to skateboard when a woman crested a hill and struck them. She told police she couldn't stop in time.
Jimenez broke down into tears while recalling the well-behaved boy who loved to dance and make people smile.
"He was a good kid. He was always so happy. He was so good in school. He was really smart. He liked the Chiefs," she said. "He was very smart."
She and others who loved Jorden said he was smart and they had told him about how dangerous streets are. They said you must emphasize it to children and how quickly something bad can happen.
"They should widen streets," Jimenez said, adding it was a dangerous road that needs changes to intersection.
She would like to see a skating park.
The family is now planning Jorden's funeral and is accepting donations made at an account set up at Bank of America.
Her final poignant advice is to kiss your loved ones every night.
"Watch them every second that you can and be with them," she said.
KCTV5's Heather Staggers contributed to this report.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:00:37 GMT
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