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Boy mourned at accident site

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:16 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

As cars zipped through the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Bethany Drive on Monday, bouquets of balloons and flowers left on a grassy patch at the corner nearly blew over in the wind.

The intersection marks the site of several accidents involving children, including the one that killed 7-year-old Patrick Knedler, who was hit by a car while crossing the street on Saturday.

RaeKwon Jackson, 8, a third-grader at Mill Creek Elementary, and his mother brought a large yellow banner to the memorial that has sprung up at the corner. The students in Patrick’s second-grade class at Mill Creek Elementary School drew pictures and wrote messages in bright markers on the banner during school on Monday. In the center of the banner, amongst Sponge Bob characters, they wrote “We Miss You Patrick.”

Vickie Robb, principal of West Boulevard Elementary School, where Patrick attended kindergarten and first grade, said the school will remember him fondly.

“We have a picture of Patrick smiling, and we are going to blow it up and put it in the hallway so our students have fond memories of Patrick,” Robb said.

West Boulevard Elementary will also plant a tree and raise money for a bench in his memory.

RaeKwon often played outside with Patrick in their neighborhood near the scene of Saturday’s accident. RaeKwon’s mother, Luciana Jackson, said she does not let her son play near the street. Too often, Jackson said, parents are not around to watch their kids.

“The speed limit is too high. It’s 40 along here,” Jackson said. “That’s just too fast for all the kids that play out here.”

Teenagers who live near the intersection said they usually don’t try to cross Scott Boulevard because of the heavy traffic.

Jackson said she pays close attention to where her son plays.

“I don’t like him going farther than the yard,” she said. “It shouldn’t take the death of a child to realize you need to be out watching your kid.”

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Ewing said in a written statement Tuesday that no charges will be brought against the 27-year-old male driver, whose name has not been released. The decision was made after an investigation and discussion with the prosecuting attorney’s office, according to the statement.

Missourian reporter Lauren McKay contributed to this article.


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