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12-year-old on skateboard killed in Kachina Village car collision Sunday

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A 12-year-old boy riding a skateboard was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Kachina Village over the weekend, according to a media release from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

Family members identified the victim as Kalani Johns-Alonzo Tuesday. The collision occurred at the intersection of Kachina Trail and Canyon Loop in Kachina Village on Sunday just before 12:45 p.m. and is still under investigation. 

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, paramedics with Highlands Fire Department were already on scene, performing CPR on Johns-Alonzo. Despite those efforts, it appeared the the teen sustained significant injuries during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Johns-Alonzo was a member of the Eagles Youth Football program. A GoFundMe started by a family friend to assist with funeral expenses described him as the "goofiest, sweetest and smartest young man." The fundraiser raised more than $11,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the vehicle has been cooperative with investigators and there was no sign that impaired driving played a role in the collision at the time. The driver submitted to a blood test, and the results are pending.

The County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the County Medical Examiner’s Office continue to investigate the matter, although no further information is available at this time.

Adrian Skabelund can be reached by phone at (928) 556-2261, by email at or on Twitter at @AdrianSkabelund. 


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