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"Eleven days without you," Family still looking for driver who hit and killed Fayette County teen

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Picture of Kaiden courtesy of gofundme.com. Picture of Kaiden courtesy of gofundme.com.

Kaiden Estling's mom says it's been more than a week since her son was killed in a hit-and-run crash. The driver who hit her son still has not been found. 

In a Facebook Post from yesterday, she says, "11 days... and the days are all running together. It’s almost as though I am stuck on June 28th, time is frozen. How has it been 11 days without you already?! 11 days you have missed out on enjoying your summer vacation that we started counting down to months ago. 11 days that the world keeps turning, and people are going on with their lives while you are gone from me forever. 11 days that the monster who did this to you is just going on with their life as if nothing happened. I just don’t get it...I don’t understand how this happened and that you are gone forever. I will never see your smiling face on Earth again, or hear you tell me “Bye mom, love you”. Yes, that’s right, I had a 14 year old son who wasn’t ashamed to say he loves his mom, even when friends are all around. Never be able to have another bon fire in our back yard again. The picture is from the last one we had here, less than 24 hours before you were taken from us. Every little thing around here makes me sad when I realize it’ll never happen again. I love you Kaiden Estling...why did it have to happen to you...."

Here is information that was posted to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page:

"A 14-year-old Maynard boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash Thursday evening, June 28, 2018 and Sheriff Marty Fisher is asking for information from any potential witnesses.

On June 28, 2018, at approximately 10:08 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received 911 calls of a moped accident on Highway 150 near 118th Street; approximately 2 miles south of Fayette. After further investigation by Sheriff's Deputies it was determined that the driver was a 14 year old Kaiden Douglas Estling of Maynard who was south bound driving a Blue 2016 Yongfu YN50QT-21 moped on Highway 150 when he was struck by another vehicle. Kaiden then lost control of his moped and ended up near the west side ditch. The other vehicle fled the scene before Deputies arrived. After multiple lifesaving attempts, Kaiden was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Fayette Police Department, West Union Police Department, Fayette Ambulance, and Fayette Fire Department. This hit and run accident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Technical Collision Investigator who is also being assisted by an Iowa State Patrol Technical Collision Investigator.

Sheriff Marty Fisher is asking that any potential witnesses with a better description or an account of what happened to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office 563-422-6067."

Click here for the GoFundMe Page and to learn more information.


A funeral service has been set for Kaiden Estling of Maynard. 

The 14-year-old was hit by a car while riding his moped just south of Fayette Thursday evening. 

He lost control and went into a ditch, the driver took off.

Estling was reported dead at the scene. 

His family has created a Go Fund Me page to help pay for his funeral costs. 

On the page Estling's aunt writes, "Someone struck him from behind and left him there. We are all praying that this heartless coward is found soon. Kaiden would have started his freshman year this fall. He had just gotten his football jersey for this falls season and was waiting for practice to start. He had a huge heart and one of the biggest smiles I've seen."

Estling's visitation is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard as well as from 9:30 to 10:30 Tuesday morning at West Central High School. 

His funeral will be Tuesday at the school starting at 10:30 a.m.

Kaiden was born in Waterloo and would have been a freshman at West Central High School this year. 

Police are asking any potential witnesses in this case to come forward. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 563-422-6067. 

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