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Group sets up fundraiser for 3-year-old struck and killed in downtown Kansas City

3-year-old struck and killed by truck in downtown Kansas City

A 3-year-old child was struck and killed by a gas company work truck Wednesday in downtown Kansas City, according to police. Police spokesman Jake Becchina talked about the incident at 11th Street and Grand Boulevard.
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A 3-year-old child was struck and killed by a gas company work truck Wednesday in downtown Kansas City, according to police. Police spokesman Jake Becchina talked about the incident at 11th Street and Grand Boulevard.

After a 3-year-old was hit by a vehicle and killed in downtown Kansas City last week, a group of people have set up an online fundraiser to help the child’s family.

Jayden Maxwell Courtney died March 20 after he broke away from his father’s hand as they were walking along the street and was hit by a gas company truck, according to police.

Days later, co-workers of Jayden’s father, Thomas Courtney, created a GoFundMe page to help the Kansas City family cover funeral costs as well as household and medical expenses.

As of Tuesday night, the page had raised more than $3,000 of its $5,000 goal.

“Jayden Courtney was only 3 1/2 years old when a tragic accident took his life,” a statement on the GoFundMe page said. “The sweet innocence of a child lost in such a manner is unconscionable and beyond devastating of which there are absolutely no words to express the pain and sorrow of his passing.”

The crash that killed Jayden happened about 1:30 p.m. on 11th Street. Police said the boy was hit by a Spire gas company truck that was heading westbound toward Grand Boulevard.

Several people ran into the middle of the street to try to help the injured boy, a witness said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries.

The crash is under investigation by police.

According to an obituary, Jayden was born Sept. 18, 2015 in Kansas City. The boy attended Spectrum Station Daycare where he “excelled at arts and crafts,” creating portraits to showcase around the home.

He was fascinated with dinosaurs and could “name each one and show you the special features they could do,” the obituary continued.

In a Facebook post from last week, Jayden’s daycare said the 3-year-old had “such a playful disposition and the most genuine smile.” He wanted to be friends with everyone he met, including the parents of his classmates, the daycare said.

“Jayden made every day an adventure and we are so very lucky to have been a part of his life,” its statement said.

The daycare, located at 911 Main St., said it would also be accepting donations to help Jayden’s parents.

Services for Jayden are scheduled Friday at the Serenity Funeral Home in Kansas City.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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