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Ramona teen hit, killed by truck while riding on skateboard in San Diego Country Estates

Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 21:32:36-05

RAMONA, Calif. (KGTV) - A Ramona family is grieving the loss of a 14-year-old boy, killed Tuesday night while riding a skateboard on a residential street.

"He was really happy and so charismatic. He loved his family, loved to skateboard," said Amber Krapf, Logan Krapf's mother.

Logan was on his skateboard, just before 7:30 p.m that night in a neighborhood in the San Diego Country Estates. He was on Barona Mesa Road near a streetlight with two friends, one on a skateboard, another on a bike.

His friends say they were wearing helmets in the streets, and going from right to left in the road, headed toward a golf course, when the headlights on a pickup appeared around a curve.

Two of the boys managed to get to the roadside, but Logan did not, as the truck struck him. His mother Amber got the call and raced to the scene.

"Everyone around me was crying. I was number and just in shock that this could happen," said Amber.

By the time she arrived, her son had passed.

"I kissed him. Told him that I loved him. Told him goodbye, that it was okay," said a tearful Amber.

CHP investigators say the driver, a 20-year-old man, did stop and performed CPR. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor, but Amber believes speed was. The speed limit is 25.

"An officer said he admitted on scene that he was going at least 45 ... My son’s friends say ... it was closer to 55," said Amber.

Days later, flowers and candles stand where a young life was cut short, weeks before his birthday and first-ever football practice at Ramona High.

"He loved football. He was supposed to be the starting nose guard for football season, and so excited to play his first season," said Amber.

Instead, a grieving family must now plan a funeral.

"It hurts to take every breath. I don’t know how I’m going to do this for a lifetime," said Amber.

Amber says she hopes no other families will have to feel the pain she's feeling.

"The speed in a known problem. Need speed bumps, a stop sign, something. There are so many kids around there," said Amber.

A CHP spokesperson says they are looking into the speed of the truck, but the investigation is ongoing and no arrest has been made.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up the help the family with expenses.