Family speaks out about child who die...

Family speaks out about child who died in parade

There are 15 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Dec 8, 2007, titled Family speaks out about child who died in parade. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

Plant City, Florida-Colorful flowers and heartfelt words are left at the scene where 9-year-old Jordan Hayes died last night.

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Melvin Arnold

Ruskin, FL

#1 Dec 8, 2007
Giving out any thing from a parade should be banned and should not be allowed at all. I have seen too many small kids go out to the centerline and floats would have to stop to avoid hurting kids. It is a shame.
Kris

Washington, IL

#2 Dec 9, 2007
Jordan is smiling at all of us right now. He is looking down from heaven..while his small intestine lays in the middle of the street being eaten by an alligator. When will this sadness end?
Holly

Oneco, FL

#3 Dec 9, 2007
Kris wrote:
Jordan is smiling at all of us right now. He is looking down from heaven..while his small intestine lays in the middle of the street being eaten by an alligator. When will this sadness end?
That is so uncalled for. You should be ashame.
Hayes family remember your Faith. When our Son passed away the thing I remember begin told that stuck with me was this. This death can tear this family apart if you let the devil win or with the Lord's guidance it will build a stonger family. 16 years later I can stay the Lord is winning. God is their and your family knows the Lord. God Bless you.
GET REAL

Palmetto, FL

#4 Dec 9, 2007
People come on!!!! This family is in shock! My prayers are with them as should every single person that reads this or knows this family or was at that parade. It was an accident a horrible horrible accident!

Mr & Mrs Hayes...may the love of the lord be with you and offer you his strength as you try and get through the days that come. Try to hold onto the happiness your son brought in the short time he was given on this earth.
Brenda and Paul Gillum

AOL

#5 Dec 9, 2007
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Jordan Hayes family. May you find comfort in your faith, family and friends, in this time of sorrow and loss.
tee

New Port Richey, FL

#6 Dec 9, 2007
Yes something could have been done, have the child on the float and not walking beside it. He could have tossed candy from the float. Prayers to the family.
Stupid

Bradenton, FL

#7 Dec 9, 2007
A driver shouldn't start a float moving without knowing that it is safe to do so..

Also why was the candy in front of the wheels rather than behind them...stupid.
Heather dublin ga

Forsyth, GA

#8 Dec 9, 2007
YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS
Ron Melancon

Sterling, VA

#10 Dec 14, 2007
I want the forum to know that I am not comming into this now.

I have been keeping track of these accidents for almost 2 years when I came accros during my research.

Our Government has know about this because I told them this is not only the issue with these utilty trailers.

One- Anyone Can build one
Two- They do NOT get inspected
Three- They do not have working lights mostly.
Four- They come unhiched
Five- Very Few people know how to tow
Six- Very Few peoeple know what a 1 and 7/8 Ball is
Seven- Very Few People know what is a 2 Inch Ball
Eight- The most striking
THE MANUFACTURES MAKE THEM JUST UNDER 3,000 POUNDS ON PURPOSE TO AVOID ANY STANDARDS!!!!!!!!!!
Ron Melancon

Sterling, VA

#11 Dec 14, 2007
Lastly here is a summary from My States Crash Team:
Not realated to this accident but still revelent.

Here is the last page of the Crash Team's Report:
http://www.vcu.edu/cppweb/tstc/pdfs/TA14.pdf
"In Summary, this crash was caused when a homemade trailer detached from the pick up
that towed it. It struck a Cadillac traveling in lthe opposing lanes of traffic, fatally
injuring the driver. Trailers are a special class of vehicle and all are subject to some
requirements regarding lights and chains. While the Code exempts some smaller trailers,
those designed to carry over 3000 pounds are required to have brakes and to be inspected
beyond the initial visual confirmations of a VIN plate.

"HOWEVER, VIRGINIA STATE CODE IS SILENT AS TO ANY DESIGN OR
CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS FOR THOSE VEHICLES OR FOR TOWING
CHAINS AND HITCHES. The purpose of this TECHNICAL ALERT is to draw attention
to the POTENTIAL dangers of unsafe trailers on roadways in the Commonwealth. In many
cases, towed trailers may be in OBVIOUS violations of safety codes that relate to lighting,
braking and inspection requirements. Wherever possible, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
should be trained in ways to quickly and easily identify such vehicles. In other cases, a trailer
may meet all legal requirements but still be hazardous when used in transportation. THE TEAM
RECOMMENDS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, THE DEPARTMENT
OF STATE POLICE AND OR MEMBERS OF THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REVIEW THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE CODE AND CONSIDER WAYS TO
IMPROVE SAFETY WITH REGARD TO TRAILERS OPERATED ON VIRGINIA ROADS.

I did not write this the crash team did. Can you guess what's been done so far???
NOTHING!!!!!!! Except to push me away, I asked for help and all I get in return is a
revision to my law trying to undo it. This is not the way it should be........
http://www.dangeroustrailers.com/FreePage29.h...
Sincerely
Ron Melancon

Sterling, VA

#12 Dec 14, 2007
How can this forum blame the child... Kids will be kids...

A NATIONWIDE STANDARD REGARDING PARADE FLOATS SHOULD BE MADE MANDATORY.

This has happend before.

MANY TIMES..... I have the evidence.......

More children have been killed due to this problem than the cough medicine that was recalled.

Why

Blame the Utility Trailers Manufactures.
Ron Melancon

Sterling, VA

#14 Dec 14, 2007
Boy hurt in fall from parade float
Author: TIFFANY PAKKALA; [email protected] m
Article Text:A small boy is in stable condition after he fell off a float and was run over at the St. Augustine Christmas Parade Saturday, bringing the show to an abrupt halt in front of a crowd of spectators. Onlookers said Jacob Johns, 7, of St. Augustine, had his feet dangling close to a tire on the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation float at about 11:05 a.m. when he became entangled with the tire. "He was kicking his feet and the tire grabbed him and pulled him down," said Bill Mock as rescue workers attended the boy at the corner of Joiner Street and San Marco Avenue where the accident happened. ctxt_ad_css =' http://www.staugustine.com/css/yahoo.css ';ctxt_ad_source ='npc_morris_staugustinerecord _t2_ctxt_test';ctxt_ad_config ='9472395290';ctxt_ad_id ='news';ctxt_ad_type ='news';ctxt_ad_interface =' http://cm.npc-morris.overture.com/js_1_0/ ';ctxt_ad_url = window.location.href;ctxt_ad_w idth = 300;ctxt_ad_height = 250; "I almost said something when they went by. I wish I had," Mock said. The trailer, decorated to look like an oversized sleigh, ran over the boy's abdomen after he fell between the deck and cargo rail. The accident happened about an hour into the parade. A nurse and an off-duty rescue worker who were watching the parade rushed to the boy's aid, according to St. Augustine Police. A St. Johns County Fire and Rescue ambulance arrived minutes later, driving up the parade route past all the waiting participants and spectators. St. Augustine Fire Department also responded. The parks float was near the end of the parade. WEB EXTRA Video:'Young child' run over during parade Jacob, who was lying on the road to the left of the trailer as medical personnel worked on him, was conscious as crews cut off his red Christmas shirt and most of his jeans. They placed a splint on his leg and carefully moved him to a stretcher. The parade, which had been on hold for about 20 minutes, resumed as Jacob was rushed to a landing site, where a helicopter picked him up and flew him to Shands Jacksonville. The hospital listed him in stable condition Saturday afternoon.
Copyright 2007, The St. Augustine Record, All Rights Reserved.
Record Number: 11D4E02AF6A332A8
Ron Melancon

Sterling, VA

#15 Dec 14, 2007
Video's on Dangerous Trailers

First My video:::
YouTube - DANGEROUS TRAILERS

And look at this one:

YouTube - The Death of a Mother : I Just Want You(Ozzy Osbourne)
About This Video
On October 27th 2006 34 Rhonda Fromm was killed...(more)
Added: January 01, 2007
On October 27th 2006 34 Rhonda Fromm was killed on route 287 in Tioga County, PA when an oncoming trailer unhitched from a truck and forced a head-on collision with her vehicle sending her over the guard rail. My step fater survived with minor injuries to his arm, but my mother was killed at the scene and the driver of the truck kept driving. Its been 2 months, and the reward for any information leading to an arrest has been raised to 10,000 dollars. This video is to release the story, and to also express my feelings about her death. Its been so hard without my mother, i have only known her for 14 years and it doesnt seem like i could have ever said "I Love You" enough.

She loved Ozzy Osbourne to peices, so i decided to make I Just Want You the theme to this video.(less)
Ron Melancon

Sterling, VA

#16 Dec 14, 2007
Video's On Dangerous Trailers
First My video:::
YouTube - DANGEROUS TRAILERS

And look at this one:

YouTube - The Death of a Mother : I Just Want You(Ozzy Osbourne)
About This Video
On October 27th 2006 34 Rhonda Fromm was killed...(more)
Added: January 01, 2007
On October 27th 2006 34 Rhonda Fromm was killed on route 287 in Tioga County, PA when an oncoming trailer unhitched from a truck and forced a head-on collision with her vehicle sending her over the guard rail. My step fater survived with minor injuries to his arm, but my mother was killed at the scene and the driver of the truck kept driving. Its been 2 months, and the reward for any information leading to an arrest has been raised to 10,000 dollars. This video is to release the story, and to also express my feelings about her death. Its been so hard without my mother, i have only known her for 14 years and it doesnt seem like i could have ever said "I Love You" enough.

She loved Ozzy Osbourne to peices, so i decided to make I Just Want You the theme to this video.(less)
WTF

Bradenton, FL

#17 Dec 14, 2007
Ron Melancon wrote:
Blame the Utility Trailers Manufactures.
Are the trailer manufacturers the ones who are using them as parade floats? Are they being sdold as utility trailers or as parade floats?

How about blaming the yo, yo's who make the utility trailers into parade floats without adding safety features such as wheelwell enclosures...how about blaming the people who operate the "floats" without knowing that people aren't too close to do so safely.

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