Dozens of mourners gathered Friday in Orange City for a private memorial service for Aiden Patrick, the 4-year-old Deltona boy killed last weekend in a beach-driving crash on New Smyrna Beach.
Aiden was the second 4-year-old to be killed on Volusia County driving beaches this year. In March, Ellie Bland of Nottingham, England, was run over by a vehicle on Daytona Beach.
On Thursday, Aiden’s family, including his parents, Jason and Portia Patrick, made an emotional plea to Volusia officials to make the beach safer. The Volusia County Council promised to make changes but didn’t ban beach driving.
Volusia County officials agreed to study the traffic patterns and review changes to make the beach safer, but didn’t immediately adopt any of the suggested ideas, including setting up one-way traffic zones, reducing the 10 mph speed limit or banning the use of cell phones by drivers.
The Patricks asked for an “Aiden’s Gate” to remember their boy that would be part of a families-only beach section, but some officials offered to name a future beach park after him.