Parents of teen who died crossing I-35 look for answers to loss

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Family and friends said they will remember a teenager who was killed on Saturday as he tried to cross I-35.

Ezkial Crapo, 13, died when he and two other friends tried to make their way across I-35 at 75th Street in Overland Park.

The family said he and two others had just come from Walmart and wanted to cross the interstate for a short cut.

Crapo did not make it, though the other boys made it across the lanes of traffic.

"They went over the concrete piece and the boys started to run across, but Ezkial saw a truck coming at them and tried to run back," Daniel Crapo, Ezkial's father, explained.

He said the truck driver hit Ezkial when the driver tried to swerve out of the way of the other boys.

Crapo's parents said their young son had told them he was staying at a friend's house, so news of his death was stunning.

They say Ezkial had a lot of friends and telling them "no" was difficult.  Just like any other teenager, he wanted to be accepted, they explained.

Daniel said his son's love for friends may have led to the trouble Saturday night.

"I think he was out there because he was trying to belong," Crapo said.

Crapo's dad said his son had a contagious personality, and was a confident athlete.

"When he played football I used to tell him you're not the fastest, not the strongest but he would say 'Dad, I've got swag' and that's all he needed," Daniel recalled.

Friends and family will remember Ezkial Crapo on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Shawnee Mission West High School, where he would have been a freshman next year. The public is invited to celebrate the life of the teenager near the practice field at Shawnee Mission West High School.

 If you'd like to give to Ezkial Crapo's Memorial Fund, contact the Main Street Credit Union.

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