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Kevin Sullivan Jr.

Kevin Sullivan Jr.

YOU DON’T GET too many who- dunits covering the traffic beat, but there is one case that sticks, especially when you pass the spot where it happened.

There it stands, alongside Salem Church Road, a small placard with a picture of a frizzy-headed Kevin Sullivan Jr. staring at you.

Next to the picture is this: “GOD KNOWS.”

Well, somebody knows what happened to the 17-year-old Spotsylvania County boy that winter night nearly four years ago.

Kevin told his father he spent part of that Friday night in November 2010 at the mall. He later texted his father around 9:30 saying he had a ride home.

He might have, or maybe he’d decided to walk, something Kevin did a lot.

Either way, he never made it home. Passers-by spotted the boy, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with “Love Hurts” spray- painted white on the back, gravely injured in a ditch. He was taken to the hospital, but never awoke.

Kevin’s death remains a mystery.

The facts are these: Kevin was a smart kid, a video game enthusiast and artist who also was active in the improv comedy group Red Box. He was a high school dropout but got his GED during what would have been his senior year at Chancellor High School. He enjoyed walking. He also had fallen in with some shady characters.

While it was assumed Kevin had been at the mall, it’s unclear exactly where he spent his last hours. All that is known is that he was “left to die,” his father, a brick mason, said shortly after his son was found.

The family says police initially said Kevin’s body was placed at the scene, then switched course and said it was a case of hit-and-run. The autopsy report indicated the boy’s injuries—head trauma, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and other internal injuries—were consistent with being hit by a vehicle, his father said in a 2011 story.

Kevin’s father once said he hoped that someone who knows something would “turn out to have a conscience, but it ain’t looking too good.”

Contact Spotsylvania County Crime Solvers at 540/582-5822 or anonymously by text SEE911 to CRIMES (274637).