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Jared West, Gone But Never Forgotten

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DELMAR, Del. - A mother's desperate plea for change on a dangerous roadway continues after her son was killed in a crash.

"Outside of the horror of how he went its just the missing him he was so much apart of us," said Becky West, the mother of Jared.

Coping with the loss of a child is insurmountable. A mother's pain is excruciating. For Becky West, the life and memory her son Jared left behind is cherished more with each day that passes.

"He had a great sense of humor, very intelligent, very thoughtful, he looked for the heart of a person and he had one, of gold," said West.

In October, Jared was killed in a terrible crash. He was thought to be walking or skateboarding on the side of Providence Church road when he was hit by a car. His skateboard remains in the West home untouched, along with other possessions the teen treasured the most, some that his mother now admires.

"I sleep with a teddy bear every night, I wear his jacket a lot when I go out, and each of us have a piece of jewelry with a little bit of Jared's ashes so he is forever close to my heart," she said.

Since the tragedy, the West family and the community have fought to have the speed limit reduced. DelDOT denied that request, and instead they posted speed signs hoping to deter drivers from exceeding the 50 mile per hour limit.

"I'm going to have my neighbors all up and down this street on Providence Church road to put these signs in the yard, which simply say keep our kids alive drive 35," said West.

She says she will continue the fight for change in Jared's memory.

"The only solace in our lives is the fact that we know he's in a better place and that someday we'll join him there," said Jared's mother.

The details of the crash are still under investigation. However, Becky and her family will continue to get to the bottom of all this. A plan is in place to adopt the roadway in Jared's name.

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