Mom of boy killed crossing highway wants other kids to make better choices to avoid pain she and driver feel

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A metro mother is hoping her son’s tragic death will help other children steer away from making the wrong decisions. Jons'ey Sanders, 13, was hit by a car and killed on Highway 169 near Englewood Road Thursday night. Police said he was running across the busy highway.

“By him making that choice to run across the street that hurt me so bad,” said Latonya Jackson, his mother. “All I want anybody to know is he was a loving baby and he was my pride and joy.”

Jons'ey Sanders' mother, Latonya Jackson, is heartbroken but selflessly warns other kids to not make bad choices and says she doesn't blame the driver who hit her son as he crossed the highway.

Jons'ey Sanders' mother, Latonya Jackson, is heartbroken but selflessly warns other kids to not make bad choices and says she doesn't blame the driver who hit her son as he crossed the highway.

Jackson said her son was with a group of friends and was crossing the highway to get back home to his dad’s house. She said she is heartbroken her son would make the decision he did because she taught him right from wrong his entire life.

“That hurt me so bad the choice that he made,” she said. “Nobody wanted to do it, he was the only one who wanted to do it.”

The 13-year-old loved track, basketball and wanted to grow up and be an engineer. Shortly before his death, he had sent his mom a text saying he loved her and saying he was excited to start school.

Jackson said he heart goes out to the driver of the vehicle that hit and killed her son. According to police, an elderly couple was in the vehicle.

“I feel sorry for her because she hit my baby and she didn’t see anything, I just want to reach out and hold her and let her know it’s okay I am not mad at her,” said Jackson. “I just want her to understand that I am here.”

Jackson said she does wish were was more lighting on the highway and that fencing would be installed. According to investigators, charges are not expected in the accident.

Jackson did not have any life insurance on Jons'ey. A GoFundMe.com page has been set up for the family for funeral expenses. Click here for the page.