Father plans 150 mile walk for awareness
Updated On: Dec 19 2013 11:47:25 PM CST
A Northstate father is making the more than 150 mile walk from Redding, to the State Capitol in Sacramento.
"In his name I would like to do something that would help kids, and help families not lose something as special and important as their babies,” said Kennith Schjoth, whose 18-year-old son Justin was hit and killed on Victor Avenue in December of 2012.
"Justin was a remarkable young man, he was just getting ready to start college ... he was going to dedicate his life to troubled teens and to helping kids,” described Schjoth of his compassionate son.
On the one-year anniversary of Justin’s death, his father will honor his son as well as other victims killed walking or riding a bike on Northstate roads.
"There are families out there, hurting the same way, and we, we need to come together and we can stop it," Said Schjoth.
Schjoth is hoping his days-long journey will create awareness.
Justin was killed Dec. 21, 2012, after he was hit by two vehicles within seconds of each other. The first driver was turning left from Conifer onto southbound Victor and hit the teen. Those who witnessed the impacts said Schjoth was on his knees yelling for help when he was hit again by a pick-up truck.
"It's not just about this road, yes this road touches because, you know, that's where my baby lost his life. But just like in Chico, we've had too many babies in this last year hit and killed and it makes such a hole in your life, I mean every day," said Schjoth.
He says within three years, four other teens were hit along the same stretch of Victor Avenue, near Hartnell Avenue, in Redding.
“Three of them died. Justin was the fourth one to be hit, and three of them had died. And it's within two blocks from each other," said Schjoth.
During Schjoth’s long walk to Sacramento, he’s asking anyone else who lost a loved one, either walking or riding a bike along any Northstate street, to walk alongside him.
But since that’s not an option for many, Schjoth is willing to carry a photo or pair of shoes of others who have lost a family member or friend in a roadway accident.
"I'll take them for you and I'll light a candle for your baby as well," said Schjoth.
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