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Bicycling teen killed in Frayser crash

A 14-year-old is dead after riding his bike on a stretch of road neighbors say has been dangerous for years. A 14-year-old is dead after riding his bike on a stretch of road neighbors say has been dangerous for years.

(WMC-TV) – A 14-year-old is dead after riding his bike on a stretch of road neighbors say has been dangerous for years.

People who live nearby say Overton Crossing is inherently dangerous and that there is no room for a mistake like the one that killed a beloved teenager.

Teddy bears and roadside crosses hardly numb the pain.

"It's hard because you never know," said Katrina Bonds, whose cousin 14-year-old Joniah Bonds died after a recent accident. "He can't hurt or nothing… He can't suffer; no nothing."

Meanwhile, Joniah's siblings are also mourning.

"He was a fun person," said Katrina Bonds. "He was a loving person. That's all he liked to do was ride bikes."

Joniah was riding his bike through the Rugby Hills section of Frayser Sunday afternoon when he missed a stop sign on Beechmont Street and rolled straight into oncoming traffic.

Willie Brown witnessed the whole thing.

While some blame the busy street and others question the driver, Brown said there's nothing anyone could have done.

"Everything was just a tragedy," he said. "You know what I'm saying? It was just messed up."

The driver was cited because she didn't have insurance. However, she wasn't cited for the crash.

Meanwhile, Joniah Bonds' family is left wishing for something their makeshift memorial cannot deliver.

The Bonds are trying to raise money for a funeral.

Right now they are trying to set up a fund at an area bank.

In the meantime there are collection buckets at The Best Grocery and the Jubilee Market on Watkins.

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