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Mother, marred by a life of tragic crashes, speaks after son killed in Jacksonville moped crash

Cheryl Revell lost 5 immediate family members due to vehicle crashes

Byron Allan King, 35. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A mother is mourning the loss of her son, 35-year-old Byron Allan King, after he was killed in a single-vehicle crash on his moped on a Monday morning, February 15.

A spokesperson for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said an off-duty officer saw the crash. The off-duty officer said it appeared King lost control of the moped while attempting to make a lane change traveling eastbound on Merrill Road near Hartsfield Road.

The crash report showed it was raining at the time of the crash and the roads were wet. The moped hit a curb and then a concrete pole.

King died at the scene. His mother, Cheryl Revell, told News4Jax King was on his way to work at Denny’s at the time of the crash.

It’s not the first time Revell has suffered an unthinkable loss. In 1983, her brother who was a Jacksonville firefighter was killed in a car crash. In 1989, his 18-year--old daughter/Revell’s niece was killed on I-95 when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit her car head-on.

In 2013, her oldest son Robert Bobby King died of an overdose.

Now, with her youngest, Byron King gone, she’s leaning on her faith to get her by.

“With all the loss I’ve had, talking about it helps. It is devastating that both my sons are gone and all the other tragic things but I know Jesus and he is seeing me thru,” she said.

Picture shows the scene where King crashed. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

Revell has been outspoken about traffic safety since her mother and stepfather were killed.

“Never get behind the wheel of a car while impaired. Whether it be drinking, drugs, sleepy, texting. These cars are like missiles and you have to have all your faculties to drive defensively.

A memorial for King is planned for this Thursday at 1 p.m. at Fraser Funeral Home.


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