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Grandmother: Toddler Hit by U-Haul ‘Was My World’

Posted November 17, 2007

— Sanford police have called the death of a toddler, who was hit by a U-Haul, a tragic accident. Charges were not expected to be filed.

Police responded to 5337 Timber Ridge Drive Thursday afternoon and found that a trailer had rolled over Jordan Mekel Crump, 2. The boy's mother, Bianca Crump, took him to Central Carolina Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident happened while the mother and son were moving out of their apartment. Family members said Jordan was running around and playing near the U-Haul when the accident happened.

Jordan was outside alone and his mother was in the apartment, authorities said. They're still trying to figure out how the U-Haul started moving.

Family members spent Saturday making funeral arrangements for Jordan at Knotts Funeral Home in Sanford. They said it will not be easy getting over the loss.

“It’s going to take a long time,” said Ginger Pulley, Jordan’s grandmother. “That was my first grandson and only grandson. He was loved by everybody, and we got a very big family that loved him. And I don’t know how we’re going to get through it, but we will.”

Pulley said she was still in shock Saturday about what happened to her grandson.

“Jordan was a fun little kid, very smart, very fast, lovable, loved church. Jordan was my world,” she said.


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  • Seeminglyopposed Nov 19, 2007

    haggis basher- WRAL just let you get through to really start a terrible debate on a sensitive and terrible situation. Why, I don't know. Freedom of speech I would think. But to people as yourself, blamers, are no better than the truck that gave way to the tragic accident. You are still killing the people who are living and killing the precious memories of this child by your ruthless noncaring words, and obviously you don't have any children. Or if you do you are the perfect parent. And for those of you that claim that you watch your child 24/7 stopped telling that lie. There is NO WAY! Toddlers are like little rats, scurrying around before you can lay a hand on them, so don't even try saying that you can stay atuned to what they are doing at all times. You are just lucky.

  • haggis basher Nov 19, 2007

    "Heaven has a new angel tonight."
    Sentimental pap. The poor kid is dead because his mum made the mistake of not watching him properly and someone made a mistake with the trailer. The child is gone forever and the mother will pay for her mistake for the rest of her life. All the posts about heaven and angels are just pathetic and devalue human life. What does it matter if a two year gets killed if they become "angels" and god brings "Peace" to the mother? No,that kid is just plain dead and gone, robbed of all he could have been. Thats why you don't let a two years old run around unsupervised because it only take a second for unbearable tragedy to strike.

  • 1crazygirl Nov 19, 2007

    This is such a sad story. Its awful when a young life is taken away like that, Its such a waste. I just wish more adults would be responsible and take care of their children.

  • lildmn74 Nov 18, 2007

    For all of those with comments about how to not leave your kids outside alone... true, true... this baby was too young to be left alone. However, this poor baby would still likely be dead even if the mother was 5 feet away from him. Then those of you would be saying how she should have not been so far away... Where is your compassion?

    This is just a tragedy, plain and simple. May he rest in pease and his family find comfort in the loving arms of our Lord.

  • dandkforever Nov 18, 2007

    how sad. i pray for the family to find peace in this situation. my 2 year old girl is faster than me at times. my daughter knows how to open the doors, unlock doors, and there are times where i will be doing the dishes and all the sudden she's outside in the front yard. there are accidents everyday, and you can only pray that this sort of thing wont happen. pray that nothing terrible will happen to our precious ones. those of you condemning the mother, have a child, then you might understand.

  • Jh5230 Nov 18, 2007

    again, what a tragedy. Children of that age are soooo fast and this could have happened to anyone. You never know if the door was open because the mom was transporting goods and perhaps the phone started ringing. You just never know. This could have happened to anyone. I would like to say that I would never let this happen, but you just don't know if you make the wrong decision and have everything crumble in an instant. Much like a bad traffic accident.

    This poor lady lost a beautiful baby and is likely in a lot of pain. Why throw salt and acid on the wounds. Let her grieve.

  • Educator Nov 18, 2007

    So sorry for your loss. From the picture, he looked like a sweet boy who brought joy into the family and the world around him. May he rest in peace and his memory forever live on.

  • mrtwinturbo Nov 18, 2007

    I know how they feel, I buried my 15 year old daughter 4 years ago, parents are not supposed to bury their children, its supposed to be the other way around

  • daisy Nov 18, 2007

    This is such a heartbreaking story to hear about. I couldn't imagine what this family is going through. I don't think now is the time to jump up on our soapboxes. I think this mother is more than likely condemning herself more than any stranger ever could. I hope the family finds peace in their hearts knowing their angel is home now.

  • AKA PikeMom Nov 18, 2007

    Always chock the tires,and don't leave little one's alone.Too late for a this lesson.

    Poor little one.