— A grieving mother is calling for stricter rules for those who want to drive after an accident, saying her son was “in the dark” about his condition before he was killed in a crash.
Cheryl Davenport said her 16-year-old son, Jordan, died on the side of the road in Richmond last summer.
Jordan was on a back road near the intersection of East Main and East Main streets when he was struck by a pickup truck.
His parents, David and Michelle Davenports, said the truck driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and he failed to buckle up.
The Davenpours said Jordan had been taking long walks and was playing with other teens on a playground at the time of the crash.
He was the youngest of five children.
David Davenports said the family has been told that his son had suffered from depression and anxiety issues before he died.
“He wasn’t always this happy and playful,” David Davenpitos told ABC News on Thursday.
Michelle Davenpur said her son, who had no prior traffic offenses, was a quiet, loving kid who had “a lot of love for everyone.”
“We can’t let his death take away from our joy,” she said.
On Wednesday, the Virginia State Police launched an investigation into the incident.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the state Department of Children and Families and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will also look into the crash, which was first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
After Jordan died, David Daugherty and Michelle told the ABC News crew that they had not been notified of any other injuries.
They said their son’s family had been notified.
A Virginia State Trooper was responding to a call about a car involved in a head-on collision at the intersection on Tuesday when he said he smelled a “strong odor of burnt rubber” on the roadway, according to a state police news release.
The trooper stopped the truck, which turned out to be a pickup.
According to the news release, the driver of the pickup had not consumed alcohol at the scene.
He had been cited for driving with an expired license plate.
Officials said they were still investigating the cause of the collision.
In a statement to ABC, the agency said it was investigating the crash and that “at this time, no further information is available.”