PERMANENT REMINDER I-64 Sign Remembers Boy Struck And Killed During Domestic Violence Incident
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 19, 2012 11:41 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 12:03 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A little boy’s tragic death along the highway will now serve as a permanent reminder for drivers of domestic violence.
The state Division of Highways installed the sign along Interstate 64 Friday morning in memory of Jahlil Clements. The boy was hit near the Leon Sullivan Way exit while trying to help his mother who was being beaten during a domestic violence situation. Clements later died.
The sign is meant to serve as a reminder for drivers to slow down. It’s also meant to stress the awareness of domestic violence. The installation of the memorial sign is sponsored by the Domestic Violence Counseling Center and the Jahlil Clements Memorial Fund.
In mid-August, the man involved in the boy’s death, Ethan Chic-Colbert, 22, was sentenced to six to 30 years behind bars.