Bonner Springs HS student killed in crash to get ‘super’ tribute at football game

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. -- The football game at Bonner Springs High School on Friday included a touching tribute to one "super" student who tragically passed away on Thursday.

Seth Davidson

18-year-old Seth Davidson, a senior at Bonner Springs High School, passed away from injuries sustained in an Oct. 21 crash. Now he's being remembered by family and friends.

“Seth was one in a million. He was 18 years old. He lived in his own world -- he was Batman. Seth was Batman,” says Lora Wallace, his aunt and guardian.

Wallace said he had autism and was very special. She said he would run around the yard in his Batman cape thinking he could fly like Batman.

“He was a character. He had a good heart, good soul,” Wallace added. “He was a very big role in the special skills program they had there in the school."

Last Saturday afternoon, he was in the car with his sister near the 12500 block of Kansas Avenue when the crash happened.

“Dumbfounding. I mean, just getting a call saying he’s been in an accident is one thing, but when you get there and actually see what happened, it just rips your insides out,” Wallace said.

Bonner Springs police said they are still investigating and would not explain how the crash happened, but his family said he died Thursday evening around 7 p.m.

“When we got him to the hospital, and how he deteriorated so fast at the hospital, it just rips your heart and soul out. No words can actually explain the pain,” Wallace said.

“His lungs were pretty bad. They got banged up pretty good; he just couldn’t recover from that, not enough oxygen to the brain,” his cousin, Debora Matson, said.

Matson said she spent Saturday night with him in the E.R. They kept him on life support the following days so he could be an organ donor.

“It was heart-wrenching, but I’m very blessed I got to spend that time with him,” Matson said. “I’m happy that I got to hear his voice.”

A moment of silence was held before the game, and many in the student section dressed in superhero costumes and made superhero-themed signs.

The school band also paid tribute to Seth at halftime with a performance of superhero-themed music.

FOX 4 talked to Davidson's classmates at the football game.

"He was just always that kid who was always around and always talking to everybody and had that bubbly personality," said student Jenna McDonnell. "He will definitely be remembered as a person he was always there to make you smile all of the time."

Friends said Davidson would always hold the door open for people and greeted everyone with a smile.

Dozens cried during an emotional moment of silence for the teen.

"We are going above and beyond for somebody who went above and beyond for us," said student Omarian Brantley.

Brantley told FOX 4 Davidson would have loved the superhero-themed football game.

"He would love it. He would be ecstatic about it; he would be very excited."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Seth's family pay for medical and funeral expenses.

Bonner Springs High School students honor Seth with signs.

Bonner Springs High School students honor Seth with signs.

Seth, a lover of superheroes, was honored at the Bonner Springs High School football game.