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Mother of 6-year-old Cairo boy killed by car calls for bus stop changes

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 18:19:38-05

CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) — A family is shaken and calling for change after a 6-year-old was hit and killed by a car in Cairo.

Jayden Richardson's family is heartbroken after the 6-year-old boy was hit by a car just a few feet away from his home.

"He was just a warrior to us," said Lenessa Jones, Jayden's mom. "He portrayed so many things to everybody."

He was crossing the street after he and his 9-year-old sister Larihia missed the bus for school. In just seconds, a car traveling down Martin Luther King Junior Avenue hit and killed him right in front of his sister.

"He was loveable. Everybody loves him," cried Larihia Richardson, Jayden's sister.

Jayden's mother Lenessa says there are not enough signs in place to warn drivers that they're approaching a bus stop.

"This area where we live at, this crossing road coming into town and out of town, it's dangerous right here," said Lenessa Jones.

Adrienne Crule is the director of transportation for Grady County Schools. She says keeping students safe is a priority.

"We try to make sure that wherever we are putting the stop, it's the safest first most and then we look at convenience after that," Crule explained.

Jayden's mother says she hopes that changes are made going forward so that no parent has to live without their child.

"I just hope that the city does something about it," said Lenessa Jones.