NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A 14-year-old boy died Monday evening after being hit by a car in Norfolk.
10 On Your Side has confirmed through his mother the boy’s name is Jaylon Leary and he was set to start high school on Tuesday.
Norfolk police said the teen was trying to cross the intersection of Shoop and Peronne avenues on a scooter just before 8 p.m., when he was hit by a car.
Police said first responders found the teen lying in the roadway, and pronounced him dead at the scene.
Neighbor Markaus Hackett saw and heard the accident take place.
“Next thing you know as I’m getting to the corner I start seeing stuff in the middle of the street was like a ‘ripstick’ or something, and wherever they got hit at was like right there at the crosswalk and I see the body halfway down the street,” he said.
Hackett said the worst part came when the teen’s mother arrived on scene.
“When the mom arrived she was asking ‘Is that my son? Is that my son?’ They were like we don’t know. She was like ‘I just had to bury my daughter not so long ago.’ And then when they let her see the body she just lost it. It’s something that made me almost tear up and I had to walk away because her screams and cries were…”
Jaylon’s mother Deidre Graham also lost her 15-year-old daughter Dejana Leary to gunfire less than two months ago.
In a statement off camera she said Jaylon was bright and energetic young man who enjoyed school and spending time with family and friends. She says he will truly be missed and knew he was loved.
The driver of the car remained on scene and was not injured, according to police. Alcohol was not considered a factor in the crash.
Khalilah LeGrand with Norfolk Public Schools confirmed that the teen killed was an incoming high school freshman. The district released a statement on the student’s death:
Norfolk Public Schools has learned of the passing of an incoming freshman student. Our hearts are heavy as we begin the school year with news of this tragic accident. Supports are in place for students and staff who have been impacted by this awful event. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of this student. We hope all who knew this young person are able to find some comfort in their memories as they will last forever.
LeGrand added that support staff is being provided at the student’s previous middle school and the high school where he was slated to start the new school year on Tuesday.
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