Family, RESET team walk Roanoke community where 9-year-old was killed in crash

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke Police Department’s RESET team walked Avenham Avenue on Wednesday, where a nine-year-old boy, Brayden Dehaven, died roughly a week earlier in a car crash.

The RESET team visits communities struck by tragedy and offers resources and support.

Brayden’s mom Tammy Tiller joined the group.

“It means the world to me to know that Brayden, even though just a little gentleman he was, he touched so many people and he has these people gathered here with us today trying to make a difference in this neighborhood,” she said.

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That difference is a safer street. Roanoke Police Chief Scott Booth joined the community Wednesday and said they operated a traffic checkpoint in the area a few days ago.

“You’re going to see a whole lot more police visibility and a whole lot more officers writing tickets out here,” he said. “That has to be really a focus when a neighborhood has experienced that level of tragedy. We want to be responsive. We want to make sure we have true community impact.”

WFXR checked accident data from Virginia DMV. It shows five pedestrian crashes on streets surrounding Avenham Avenue since 2010; two involved children less than nine years old.

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