Firm to represent mother of Lewiston boy killed in crosswalk

The Berman & Simmons law firm on Thursday released a statement on behalf of Kellie Foley, mother of Jayden Cho-Sargent, the 13-year-old boy who was killed by a truck while walking to school last fall.

Jayden, an eighth-grade student at Lewiston Middle School, was walking to school from his nearby home on the morning of Nov. 3, 2016. He was crossing Main Street at the intersection with Frye Street. While he was in the crosswalk, Jayden was struck by a Ford F-150 truck driven by 54-year-old Laurie Young of South Paris. Lewiston Police announced this week that Young has been charged with a motor vehicle violation resulting in death.

Berman & Simmons will represent Jayden’s family in any civil actions arising from his death. Attorney Steven Silin said no lawsuits have yet been filed. Silin asks the media to please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. Media inquiries should be directed to Berman & Simmons.

Here is the statement from Kellie Foley:

“We are hurt and disappointed by the decision announced by Lewiston Police. Our hope was there would be more accountability through the criminal justice system.

There are many misconceptions that we want to address. Jayden was not wearing dark clothing the morning he was killed, as some have stated. He did not have a cell phone. He was more than halfway through the crosswalk when he was hit. He was over 5 feet tall and easily visible. There are simply no excuses for a driver who did not stop.

Jayden didn’t do anything wrong. He was simply walking to school — something he had done many times. For anyone to blame him is shameful.

Losing Jayden has broken our hearts. For those who knew and loved him, every day is a struggle. We would give anything for one more conversation, one more laugh, one more hug. The only thing we can do is honor Jayden and make sure he is never forgotten.”

Jayden Cho-Sargent

Kellie Foley holds a picture of her son, Jayden Cho-Sargent, during the community forum on pedestrian safety at Lewiston City Hall on Wednesday. The eighth-grader at Lewiston Middle School was hit and killed while in a crosswalk on his way to school Nov. 3.

Kellie Foley (Sun Journal photo)