Community mourns teen killed in front of Syracuse Junior High
Syracuse, Utah —
(KUTV) Dakota Kilburn, 15, has died from his injuries after being hit by two vehicles Monday night in Syracuse, Utah.
Police say Kilburn was crossing the street in a crosswalk near Syracuse Junior High on 2000 West when a vehicle hit him, flinging him into the path of another car.
Davis County School District spokesman Christopher William issued this statement on the passing of one Kilburn:
Dakota was just a great kid. He was a great student, good-natured and funny, and several students remember the many times he would make them laugh and feel good. He was a member of the Syracuse Junior High School Singers, a member of the school wrestling team and just someone that others enjoyed being around.
Members of the district's crisis team were at the school today and will also be at the school tomorrow for any student or faculty member who are struggling with Dakota's loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Kilburn was then pinned under the second vehicle when citizens in the area lifted the car off of him. Kilburn was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in critical condition and passed away Tuesday.
Classmates described Kilburn as a friendly, spirited, athletic teen.
"He was just a really outgoing person and he knew everybody," said his wrestling teammate, Rolonzo Padiloa. "He's a really good friend to us. And he always will be."
The Syracuse Junior High wrestling team is holding a vigil for Kilburn at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the school.
"We need to step up and just be there for each other," said the mother of one of Kilburn's wrestling teammates, Talau Fonua. "We're all related. We're all related. We're here as a family to support each other in any ways we can."
She also called for more visibility in the heavily-traveled area between Syracuse Jr. High and Elementary schools.
"We need to make our community more safe. Like have more lights on the stop sign."
Both drivers are cooperating with the investigation, according to police.
The family asks for privacy during this difficult time.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for medical expenses. You can donate here.