Leden Boykins Wiki – Leden Boykins Biography
Leden Boykins was a victim of a high-speed chase that ended in a crash that killed him. Boykins was a passenger in a car driven by a neighbor chased by Georgia State Patrol Troopers early in the morning on September 10.
As Leden’s parents continue to find out more about why their neighbor was fleeing the troopers, they’ve asked Georgia State Patrol to explain why they could not have found a way to save Leden’s life instead of stopping the chase the way they did.
He was 12 years old.
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, Moore was pulled over off of Highway 92 in Paulding County for “driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed” on late Friday night. Moore refused to get out of his white Kia Sorrento, reportedly claiming he didn’t feel comfortable with many officers present.
“He told the 911 operator, he said, ‘I need for y’all to get a supervisor out here, there’s too many police cars and I’m in fear of my life,’” Leden’s mother, Toni Boykins, said.
When a trooper allegedly began hitting Moore’s car window, he fled the scene, leading troopers on a 3-mile high-speed chase. A trooper performed a PIT maneuver, causing Moore’s vehicle to flip over in a ditch near Indian Trail and Highway 92.
The collision caused fatal injuries to Leden. Moore and his son were taken to area hospitals with injuries, but both survived.
Police arrested Moore afterward. He now faces a slew of charges, including, in part:
Murder in the commission of a felony
Aggravated assault against a police officer
Driving with an open container
Fleeing or attempting to elude
Failure to maintain lane
First-degree vehicle homicide
A 911 audio dispatch report obtained by CrimeOnline indicated the dispatcher informed the trooper that children were inside the car. Moore’s son reportedly called 911 for his father and told them Moore was afraid to get out of his car. The dispatcher learned during the call that two children were inside the vehicle and subsequently relayed the information to the responding authorities.
Trooper: “This vehicle better stop before they get put in a ditch.”
Dispatcher: “There are children in the car.”
A few minutes later, the trooper said, “we’ve got one under the vehicle,” referring to the crash after the vehicle indeed ended up in a ditch.
The family said that during the stop, troopers began trying to break through the windows.
Anthony said Moore’s wife told him that while Moore’s 14-year-old son was trying to get 911 to send police or Sheriff’s deputies to intervene, Moore was so frightened for himself and the two boys, he drove away with the 911 operator still on the line.
Anthony said regardless of whether Moore’s reactions were justified, troopers would have seen right away that there were two children in Moore’s car irrespective of whatever charges he may face.
“What I do know is, when you see those kids, your decision-making process is supposed to kick in,” Boykins said. “But couldn’t they put a roadblock up and protect those kids? They couldn’t figure out any other way than to flip that car over?”
Leden’s parents said no one in law enforcement had notified them that he was killed or contacted them in any way.
“We’re trying to understand,” Anthony said, “who identified the body, and why the body was released to perform an autopsy without communicating with the parents.”
Now, they say no one will tell them where Leden’s body is or when he’ll be released to them.