Tulsa Police: Carpool Driver Accidentally Kills 5-Year-Old

Tuesday, April 7th 2015, 11:11 pm
By: News On 6

A carpool pickup to school became a tragedy in north Tulsa Tuesday morning.

Police said the carpool driver accidentally backed over a 5-year-old boy he was picking up near North 48th and Elwood.

Family members said every morning, 5-year-old Jared Ber-Morgan got a ride to ECDC Bunche from a family friend, Charles Jones.

Police said Jones honked his horn and started backing up into the street, when he hit and killed Jared.

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Family member Nick Johnson remembered seeing Jared Tuesday morning on his way out to school.

"They were getting ready like they do every morning, come out the house and they go around there and get in the car and they go to school. Some reason this morning it just didn't go that way," Johnson said.

He continued with his day until Jared's sister ran inside with the sad news that Jared never made it to school.

"He was a typical little boy and everybody should remember he was entertaining, energetic, always wanted to play, just a typical little boy," Johnson said.

Police said his carpool driver, Jones, honked his horn – like he did every morning – to pick up Jared.

Jones said he's usually on the street in front of the house, but this time he honked the horn then backed out of the driveway and hit the child.

Jones told police he never saw Jared and did not know he hit him until a neighbor told him.

"But from the looks of it, there's probably no way he saw him coming," said Corporal J.D. Curran, TPD.

Crissaundra Wilson said her kids played with Jared in the neighborhood.

"I hate to hear that he lost his life this morning by accident, but he was a good kid and I'm praying for his mother," she said.

Johnson said, "When you lose a little kid like that, and you see him laying like that like I seen, like I said, that's something I'll never forget."

Police said Jones agreed to take a state blood test and was taken to OSU Medical Center.

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Keith Ballard, said the district's "…thoughts and prayers are with them as they struggle to deal with this unfortunate loss."

Police are submitting the evidence collected at the scene and from Jones to the District Attorney's Office for review.

From there the D.A. will make the determination to file any charges.