Jersey City, New Jersey, is home to the double Dutch jump-rope team known as the Honey Bees. The group won the Double Dutch Summer Classic National Championship this past August.
As a result, they were invited to perform on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon.
The Honey Bees performed their winning routine for the live studio audience:
Now, tragedy has struck the team. According to the New York Post, the smallest member of the group has passed away. Eight-year-old Jeremiah “Jerry” Grant, who was referred to by many as “Prince Bee,” died on October 28 after being hit by red Jeep Compass.
Authorities said that around 4:45 p.m, Grant was walking with a group of girls after a Honey Bee team fundraiser when he was struck by the vehicle.
Honey Bees founder Takeria Clark told The Jersey Journal:
“We all stopped at the corner and Jerry heard ‘go’ from another jumper and ran in the street.”
He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.The Tonight Show/YouTube
As the New York Post reports, the 60-year-old driver, who has not been named, kept driving until witnesses flagged him down. He told one man on the scene that he thought he hit a backpack.
The driver remained on the scene until the police arrived. So far, no charges have been filed.