KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City family is grieving the loss of a 12-year-old boy. Jawuan Bettis was hit by a car at 71 Highway and 55th Street early Saturday morning. He survived the weekend, but passed away early Tuesday morning.
Jawuan’s mother, Julia Bettis, described him as a bright, vibrant young man. He loved sports and riding his bike. Police say he crossed against a red light and was hit by a car shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday.
“We had to go to the funeral home to make the services, that wasn’t good,” explained Shirley Stevenson, Jawuan’s great aunt.
One of Jawuan’s cousins said his mom is trying to hold it together, but it’s tough. Thankfully the family is close.
All that remains of the accident scene are markings left behind by accident investigators, but it still paints a horrific story. Jawuan was hit on his bike near the cross walk; he landed about 40 feet away and his bike flew about 100 feet.
He was rushed to the hospital. Police say a woman was driving the car southbound on 71 Highway and stopped after the accident. She wasn’t impaired, and according to witnesses, she had a green light.
Jawuan’s family is in pain, but still trying to remember the good things about him and how much he used to make everyone laugh.
“Yes, you have too, so we can liven it up. He kept the humor, I mean he was a vibrant young man,” said cousin Shirley Stevenson.
Police say the investigation is ongoing, but no charges are expected against the driver. Jawuan’s family has set up a memorial fund. It’s under his name at any Community America Credit Union.