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Sioux City boy remembered on 20th birthday

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Anthony Evans


SIOUX CITY | Fourteen years ago seems like just yesterday to Bruce Evans.

On June 20, 2000, his 5-year-old son Anthony was struck by a hit-and-run driver on 21st Street in Sioux City. Anthony died from his injuries the next day.

Tuesday would have been Anthony's 20th birthday.

Evans was at work on the day the accident happened. He knew something was wrong even before he received the news.

“I looked at my brother and I said, ‘Something’s not right,’” said Evans, who now lives in Ceresco, Neb.

His gut feeling led him to call home, where his wife told him their son had been hit by a pickup.

“It was one of the worst feelings in the world,” Evans said.

While the driver was never identified, Anthony's case recently was added to the Iowa Cold Cases website, a nonprofit organization that provides updates on unsolved crimes.

Evans said he was relieved to know his son had not been forgotten.

"I was ecstatic," he said. "People need to know that this is still out there, that the driver hasn't been caught in 14 years."

Despite the passage of time, Evans still remembers his little boy’s compassion toward others.

“He was outgoing,” he said. “He wanted to help everyone that he could.”

One winter, Anthony put on his snowpants, gloves and boots after a snowstorm and voluntarily cleared the neighbor lady’s sidewalk.

When he wasn’t helping others, Evans said Anthony spent his time riding his bike, playing with the neighbors and spending time with his family.

“He was just a joyful, playful, normal 5-year-old who wanted to do everything I did when I was 5,” he said.

Anthony's knack for helping others continued after he died. Evans said the family donated several of Anthony's organs for transplant.

Evans now participates in the Easton Poker Run in Nebraska, an annual celebration of another young organ donor who died when he was 2 years old. This year's event just happens to fall on Anthony's birthday. 

"This means a lot to participate in honor of him, too," Evans said.


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