The heartbroken relatives of a 9-year-old boy who was struck and killed on his skateboard over the weekend said they have a new, painful perspective on how precious life is.
Jorden Hale, a second-grade student in the North Kansas City School District was riding skateboards with his friend, Jesus Gonzalez, in northeast Kansas City when they crossed into the road. The driver of a minivan couldn’t stop before hitting them.
Both boys were struck, and Jorden died.
Jorden’s grandmother, Lisa Jimenez, said the family is in shock.
“He was just really smart. He loved the Chiefs,” she said.
His friend, whom Jorden’s family said was nicknamed Chewy, is in a medically induced coma as he is treated for his injuries.
“He believes he is at the dentist’s office,” said family friend and Jorden’s godmother Angela Marcus. “He does not know what happened to his friend.”
Jimenez said she hopes other parents can learn from this.
“I think you should kiss them every night and watch them every second you can be with them,” said Jimenez.
“Tell them how much you love them and be strong. Teach them about the street,” said Marcus. “Teach them about how dangerous and quick that can happen.”
The family said it bears no ill will toward the driver who hit the boys, calling it a tragic accident. They said they like the idea of a skateboard park being built in the area so that children have a safe place to play.
The family plans to have a vigil for Jorden at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the crash scene. Donations to a memorial fund in Jorden Hale’s name can be made at any Bank of America location.