DINWIDDIE, Va. (WRIC) — A Dinwiddie family continues to mourn the loss of their son, a 16-year-old high school student who was killed in a car crash on Tuesday.
The teen, 16-year-old John William Dakota Reid, passed away at VCU Medical Center after being flown there for treatment following a two-vehicle crash in Dinwiddie. His family stayed at the hospital as their son’s organs were being donated to help others.
Dakota Reid’s father spoke with 8News about his son’s memory. He said his son was an amazing young man and that his spirit will continue to live on.
John Reid says his son, known as Dakota by friends and family, was the life of the party and loved to make people laugh. J. Reid said Dakota wanted to be a rap artist when he grew up.
“Whatever he did, he did 110 percent,” J. Reid told 8News. “Even when he was getting on my nerves, he did it 110 percent. He was an awesome kid.”
Dakota was the passenger in a car that was involved in a crash on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County on Tuesday morning. The driver of the vehicle, another 16-year-old, and Dakota were both flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where Dakota later died.
The three people in the other car involved suffered serious injuries. None of the people involved in the crash were wearing their seatbelts, according to police.
“Had they been wearing them,” J. Reid said, “it truly could have been a different outcome. All I have to say is, wear your seatbelt.”
J. Reid told 8News that Dakota’s organs will be donated to others in need. He said it’s something his son wanted.
“It’s a great sense of peace. It’s a God-given gift,” J. Reid told 8News.
While his life was cut short, Dakota’s father believes his legacy will be remembered.
“I might be losing a son but God is gaining one,” he said.
J. Reid told 8News the outpouring of support from the community about the loss of his son has been overwhelming. He said even their pastor came to the hospital to visit.
There will be a meeting at Dinwiddie High School on Friday at 7:30 a.m. to honor Dakota, the driver of the vehicle and 16-year-old Donovan Kendus, another student who was killed in a crash almost two weeks ago.