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Mom says Ronkonkoma boy fatally hit by two vehicles was 'full of joy'

She said Davon Mention, 14, was hit while he was riding his bicycle to a trampoline park, where he and his friends went almost every weekend.

Davon Mention, 14, of Ronkonkoma, is seen last

Davon Mention, 14, of Ronkonkoma, is seen last week, before his first day of ninth grade at Connetquot High School. Photo Credit: Martha Mention

Davon Mention was excited all day about his Saturday trip to the indoor trampoline park near his Ronkonkoma home.

It was where he and his friends expended their teenage energy almost every weekend, tumbling and flying through the air.

But Davon, 14, didn't make it to the park Saturday. He died after being struck by two vehicles as he rode a bicycle to Air Trampoline Sports in Ronkonkoma, according to police and the teen’s mother.

“He loved running and playing,” Martha Mention, 52, said Sunday of her only child. “He was just, for me, a good boy full of joy.”

Suffolk police said Davon was riding a bicycle when he was hit at 8:10 p.m. by a 2001 Jeep heading south on Lakeland Avenue near Union Parkway, police said.

Ryan Kiesel, 21, of Sayville, was driving the vehicle, police said. His passenger, Ryan Reilly, 20, of Bohemia, went to help Davon, according to police, but was hit by a 2015 Nissan Altima driven by Stephen Owenburg, 39, of Ronkonkoma. That car then also hit Davon, police said.

Davon was pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

No charges have been filed; the department's Fifth Squad detectives are investigating.

Reilly was treated for minor injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Kiesel and Owenburg were not injured.

Davon started ninth grade last week at Connetquot High School. His mother said he loved sports — basketball and football — and called himself a “gamer” and spent a lot of time playing video games on his Xbox.

But his interests were varied: At Ronkonkoma Middle School, he was on the football team but also played in the school band.

Martha Mention said she would remember her son’s “beautiful spirit” and generosity toward others, often using his own money to buy snacks for his friends who didn’t have cash on 7-Eleven runs.

“That was his heart,” she said.

She said she hasn’t discussed the details of the crash with police.

“As far as who’s going to be held accountable for the death of my son, I don’t know,” she said. “I’m not even here to think about responsibility, at least not this second. It’s hard that he won’t be home.”

A GoFundMe page has been established online by a relative to defray funeral expenses.

His mother said she took some comfort in what her son had told her about his relationship with God, citing a recent weeklong camp excursion upstate with the First Baptist Church in Patchogue.

“He came home and told me, ‘Mom, I gave myself to God, I’m saved,’ ” said Martha Mention. “I know where he is, but I’m still not there with him.”

With Scott Eidler and Rachel Uda



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