CHICAGO (TOC) — An 11-year-old boy was hit by a automobile and killed whereas crossing the road in Chicago’s West Aspect Lawndale neighborhood Thursday morning, Chicago police mentioned.
CPD mentioned the boy was crossing the road within the 3300-block of West sixteenth Road about 10:20 a.m. when the automobile hit him after which drove away in an unknown route.
He was taken to Stroger Hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless.
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Chicago police didn’t instantly launch details about the driving force or automobile concerned.
A person working close by, who didn’t need to be recognized, mentioned he heard the crash and stayed with the boy.
“I took off my shirt to cease the bleeding till paramedics got here,” he mentioned. “It is horrible! It is horrible. We want velocity bumps, cease indicators. They arrive flying via right here. The velocity restrict is 20; they doin’ 60.”
Kin and authorities mentioned Jalon James died. He and his twin turned 11 in April.
“Should you’re driving the velocity restrict, you need to be capable of hit no one. Should you’re watching the roadway, you should not be capable of hit anyone,” group activist Andrew Holmes mentioned.
He was together with his older brother getting milk on the retailer a few blocks from their North Lawndale residence when he was struck and killed, his household mentioned.
Witnesses mentioned the driving force of an SUV stopped however drove off.
“You all simply left him there; you did not cease, you did not do nothing, simply left him there,” mentioned Niakya Harrison, the boy’s aunt.
Kin and a few aware of that space mentioned drivers are merely going too quick alongside sixteenth –a hall busy with households and more and more extra youngsters outdoors this summer time.
“He have a household that actually loves him; he is an honor roll pupil. And it is all tousled. He did not get to reside his life. This isn’t God’s work; that is the satan. It is only a tousled scenario,” James’ cousin Devonna Gates mentioned.
“It is an actual unhappy scenario as a result of he is a twin. So it isn’t simply that he is a twin: They’re a bunch of children which might be extraordinarily, extraordinarily shut,” household good friend Marilyn Gooch mentioned.
Jalon’s household mentioned the boy was excited for summer time, and would have been going into sixth grade.
“He was simply probably the most loving, caring pupil, and he had such a ardour for studying. I haven’t got a lot else to say proper now. I am so sorry,” his instructor Hannah Haugland mentioned.
The CPD Main Accident Unit is investigating.
The boy is the third little one killed by a automobile in Chicago to this point this month.
“They’re simply popping out and given room and time to play, bike using. We ask you to drive protected in the neighborhood,” Robert Calhoun Sr. mentioned.
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