By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: January 31, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
Families raising money to help with funeral, burial costs after devastating losses
DINWIDDIE – The Dinwiddie community is coming to the aid of Dinwiddie High School and its close-knit group of students and teachers as they face the death of another student in an automobile accident.
Last Tuesday, Virginia State Police responded to the intersection of New Cox Road (U.S. Route 460) and Courthouse Road around 10:30 a.m. for a report of a two-vehicle crash.
According to Sgt. Keeli Hill with Virginia State Police, their preliminary investigation has revealed 2010 Honda Civic, driven by a 17-year old with McKenney local John William Dakota Reid, 17, as a passenger, was attempting to cross U.S. Route 460 from northbound Courthouse Road when they were struck by a Lexus sedan in the intersection, on the westbound side of Route 460. The Lexus then spun around facing eastbound and the Civic spun around striking a light pole on the passenger side.
The trooper said it is believed none of the occupants in either vehicle were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. The driver and two passengers in the Lexus were taken to the hospital via ambulance while Reid & the driver were flown via MedFlight to VCU Medical Center in Richmond for life-threatening injuries.
Tragically, Reid was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“Our family is shattered by the sudden loss of our sweet Kota,” Ally Hodges-Reid, one of Dakota’s older sisters shared in an emotional post on a gofundme page raising funds to pay for the teenager’s funeral and burial costs.
“He has been our wild child since the day he was born, always our little trouble-maker,” she shared. “His heart was pure and unyielding. He had a smile of gold that lit up every room and warmed even the coldest heart. Everyone who met him instantly fell in love with him. From the day that he was born and the first time that we held him, he was absolutely perfect.”
“We all love you Kota,” her message closed. “We all wish that we could hear your voice and see your smile one last time. We want to hug you and kiss you and beg you to stay. We want you to know that we love you, and that we will meet again one day.”
As of this report, the family is just over $2,000 away from their $11,000 goal, thanks to donations by nearly 200 people.
This death comes on the heels of another Dinwiddie County High School student losing their life on the roads, this time in neighboring Brunswick County.
According to state police, 16-year-old Donovan Kendus, a junior at Dinwiddie High School died on January 13 when the 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck he was a passenger in drove across a bridge that was iced over following a winter storm at “a high rate of speed, lost control, ran off the roadway, and struck a tree.”
The 16-year-old male driver was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries while Kendus died at the scene.
According to Hill, speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash and neither teenager was wearing their safety belt at the time of the crash.
“Almost two months shy of his 17th birthday, he lost his life on a cold winter morning,” their family shared on a gofundme page to help Donovan’s mother during their tremendously difficult time. “This unexpected and tragic event has rocked his family to the core.”
According to authorities, charges are pending in each case.
To donate to the Reid family, visit https://gofundme.com/funeral-and-burial-costs-for-dakota-reid and to support the Kendus family, visit https://gofundme.com/for-the-mother-of-donovan.