A candlelight vigil in Kansas City was planned for Monday night to memorialize Kenta Summers, 13, who was killed Saturday morning by a U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer that hit his car. The boy was en route to Ruskin High School for a football game when the truck hit the car he was riding in at roughly 8:30 a.m.
Police reports asserted that the postal vehicle was eastbound when it hit the Chrysler passenger vehicle, traveling southbound.
Thomas Moore, 10, Summers’ best friend, was also in the car, along with the boys’ two younger brothers and Summers’ stepfather. Moore, who had a gash on his forehead from the crash, described what happened: “Everybody saw the truck, but we thought it was gonna stop and then that’s when it had hit us and everything went black.” The other three passengers had minor injuries; the postal driver, 59, was uninjured.
Moore said, “He was my friend and he was funny and now I won’t get to see him no more.” Chris King, Summers’ coach on the Bearcats team said of the planned vigil, “Just to keep his name alive, just to keep his spirit alive, you know, because it’s not fair he had to go out this way. Probably one of the most nicest players on the team.”