Bikers rally for 4-year-old who was hit and killed on Columbia Ave

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Friends and relatives are remembering a little Rochester boy killed in a car crash and they got support Friday night from a fleet of cars and motorcycles riding for Josiah.

The story of little Josiah brought out a crowd of friends to pay a noisy tribute as motorcyclists and drivers rallied to the spot where 4-year-old Gerald Josiah Jackson died and remember a special boy.

“He was so bright and he would come up with the strangest, longest words for a four-year-old you know,” declared Madeline McCullough, his aunt.

On Sunday, Josiah was hit and killed by a car on Columbia Avenue. Since then, his family has been struggling to cope, with the help of friends like these.

“Taking it day by day, praying each day, trying to stay united with one another,” said Teresa Snow, the boy’s cousin, “making sure we have the support.”

“Let’s not make it pessimistic,” added McCullough, wiping away tears. “Let’s be more optimistic about what this family can do together because I know we can be stronger together.”

The ride was organized by local biker groups hoping to pay their respects, with stuffed animals like Josiah liked… as well as to urge safety on city streets where children might be playing.

“Guys, watch out. Be safe. Watch out for kids,” warned organizer Wanda Colon. “Watch out for cars watch out for bikes, motorcycles. It’s very dangerous.”

In the midst of their grief, Josiah’s family offered thanks to a huge crowd of friends they didn’t know they had.

“This was a young man that lost his life for no particular reason,” explained Snow. “So, the praise and worship right now, and the honor that they’re showing him. I really appreciate it.”

The bikers say they frequently organize rides like this one to remember people and advocate for safety.

Relatives say they were surprised and pleased to see how big of a tribute they brought out.