TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — It’s been eight years, but the memories of what happened at the Florida State Fair remain vivid for family members.

14-year-old Andrew Joseph was kicked out of the fair in 2014, and was hit by a car while trying to cross I-4.

His family held a demonstration outside the fairgrounds Friday night, hoping to ensure his death will not be forgotten.

Since his tragic passing, his parents Andrew and Deanna, and the community have demanded change.

“We’ve been boots on the ground since day one,” Andrew Joseph Jr. said.

The Joseph’s say their son was at “School Day” at the fairgrounds. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office maintains nearly 100 teenagers, including Andrew, were kicked out of the fair after getting out of control.

Andrews’ parents say their son wasn’t involved, but was handcuffed and detained, then deputies dropped him off by the interstate to meet his ride home. He tried crossing I-4 and was hit by a car and killed.

A spokeswoman with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office sent 8 On Your Side an email Friday night about the incident:

Andrew Joseph was never driven from the fair by a law enforcement officer. Hours after he and several teenagers were instructed to leave the Florida State Fair following a number of teen-involved fights and misconduct that broke out inside the fairgrounds, Joseph chose to attempt to cross a busy highway, and it was during that time that he was unfortunately struck by a passing vehicle. It was determined by detectives who investigated the crash that the cause was not due to driver impairment, but rather, Joseph running across a highway in the dark, not wearing reflective clothing, in an area that was not designated as a crosswalk.

In addition, Joseph was one of several teenagers expelled from the Florida State Fair, however, he was never actually arrested.

A number of safety measures have been taken at the fairgrounds since that incident to ensure that any minor in attendance is safe, such as the HCSO Community Action Team that will once again be at the fair on Student Night again in the coming weeks.

The Joseph’s describe their only son as the light on their home.

“He was the laughter,” Deanna Joseph said. “He was the most giving child that you would ever want to meet.”

The Joseph’s say they’ve seen change at the fair since that night, like parents now getting a call if their child is removed from the park, and having to sit in a waiting area, something they ay they never got.

They’re pushing for more change, including a crosswalk on Highway 301, and passage of a bill that ends qualified immunity, a controversial legal doctrine protecting government officials from lawsuits.

“Every profession that we come across has consequences to the harm they commit to their citizens and for their patrons, and we want to make sure that that is also applying to law enforcement as well as state entity,” Joseph said.

The Joseph’s have fought for eight years, and will keep fighting so no other family has to experience the same tragedy.

“We don’t want another family to ever have to sit here and advocate for senseless policy changes, common-sense changes,” Joseph said.

The Joseph’s are still in the middle of a legal battle. They anticipate getting a trial date during a status conference on Feb. 15.