“A horrible accident” says driver of van that hit two skateboarding boys

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The woman who hit two boys Saturday while they were skateboarding in a Kansas City North neighborhood admitted painfully Wednesday afternoon that 'lives have been changed and they'll never be the same again'.

In her brief statement, Tamela Linam said she would be thinking of the boys, Jorden and Jesus for the rest of her life.

Jorden Hale, 8, died in the accident. The other child, Jesus Gonzalez, 6, remains in the hospital with critical injuries.

The boys were skateboarding down a hill in the Walnut Grove Apartments when they rolled into the street and were struck by Tamela Linam's mini-van.

In her brief statement, she said:

"I have spent my entire life helping people and trying to care for children. Now I find myself in what would be any parents', every parents' nightmare. I want the families of Jorden and Jesus to know that they are on my mind and their families are in my prayers for the rest of my life. I can't discuss what happened.. other than to say that it was a horrible accident. Lives have been changed and they're never going to be the same again."

Jorden's mom spoke to FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien about losing her son. She said Jorden was planning to go to a barbecue after skateboarding.

She has a big regret about that day.

"I didn't tell Jorden that day that I loved him,"  said Leslie Jimenez. "You don't know, you know?"

It has been four days since Jorden died, but she still speaks about him in present tense.

"He's smart. He's respectful. He's a good kid. Everybody loves Jorden," she said. "You couldn't ask for a better kid."

The thought of him never coming home is too much for her right now, so she says she acts like he's just away.

"Like at his babysitter or with his dad. That's the only thing I keep thinking. And I am waiting for him," she explained.

A candlelight vigil was to be held at 6 p.m. at Walnut Grove Apartments where Jorden lived.

"Words can't explain it. I just want Jordan back," his mom said.

If you'd like to make a donation toward Jorden's funeral expenses, a fund has been set up for that purpose.

You may go to any Bank of America branch and give to the "Jorden Rylee Hale Memorial Fund."

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