Boy killed on Interstate 44 by pickups ran away from group home; Group home owner speaks out

TULSA - An 11-year-old who was killed Sunday when he was hit by three pickup trucks on Interstate 44 was a runaway from a group home.

Christopher Seaton and another boy had ran away from Realations Community Services of Oklahoma shortly before the accident.

It was where the 11-year-old boy lived up until his tragic death Sunday.

Troopers say Christopher tried to climb a concrete barrier and was struck by the pickups.

"It's really difficult. These kids are like our own and when that happens it's like the death of our own kids," owner of the group home Mark Jackson said.

DHS says it is still investigating why the boys left the facility.

Mark says his center houses kids with behavioral and emotional needs.

"We try to make the experience for the kids as good as an experience as we can for the circumstance that they're in," Jackson said.

DHS officials say Christopher lived in the center since December. He has been in DHS custody since 2009.

Owner Mark Jackson says Christopher was a good kid.

"He was a good guy. A sweet kid," Jackson said.

Jackson says the group home plans to hold a memorial for Christopher.

DHS says that runaways from group homes are not uncommon. They say runaway situations like this occur three to four times a month.

"Most times you don't know if a kid has plans to do this or not," Jackson said.

The Oklahoma State Highway Patrol is still looking for a black pickup with front end damage that left the scene after the accident.

Anyone with information about the pickup that fled the scene is asked to call the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop B Headquarters in Tulsa at 918-627-0440.

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