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Driver among those who turn out at Park Hills vigil for boy struck and killed by vehicle

9:37 PM, Mar 16, 2013   |    comments
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St. Francois Co. (KSDK) -- Park Hills area residents turned out at a memorial Saturday evening near the intersection of highways 8 and P, where Evan Kepto, 6, was struck by a truck and killed Tuesday.

Among those who turned out was the man who was driving that truck. He is, after all, a member of this community.

Cheryl Haverstick is the man's sister. She was one of the organizers of the memorial for Kepto.

"He was on his way to the Faith Calvary Church to take his horses for the youth to be able to go trail riding," Haverstick said, talking about her brother.  "Him and his 12-year-old and his 6-year-old were on their way to church."

Haverstick was asked if she's had any contact with Kepto's family since this happened.

"Yes, sir," she said. "They're wonderful people. Because they welcomed my brother to everything. They're amazing; they really are. They told my brother yesterday at the service that he's got a new family now."

More than 100 people turned-out at the vigil Saturday. They released balloons, sang Amazing Grace, and added to the pile of teddy bears and toys left behind in Kepto's memory.

"I hope that everyone can honestly let Evan's parents and grandparents move on with their lives," said Haverstick. "And try to live life as well as they can."

Investigators have determined Kepto's death was an accident.  Missouri State Highway Patrol officials have said the driver will not face charges.


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