River Forest third-grader struck by car on way to school

Boy in stable condition after surgery at Loyola Medical Center

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By Nona Tepper

A third-grader struck by a car as he walked to Lincoln Elementary School on Tuesday morning is in stable condition following surgery, according to a school official.

The student was struck by the vehicle at the intersection of Oak and Park avenues before school started at 8:20 a.m., said Dawne Simmons, a District 90 spokeswoman. There is a four-way stop at the Oak and Park intersection on school days.

Simmons said she didn't know who called 911, and verified that it was not a hit and run. A parent accompanied the boy as he was transported by ambulance to Loyola University Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and remains in stable condition, Simmons said.

Simmons did not provide information on the injuries the boy suffered. The driver of the vehicle that struck the boy, a 60-year-old River Forest man, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, according to River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O'Shea.

"The Lincoln PTO is supporting the family by placing a collection box at the school," Simmons said. "In the collection box they're accepting cards and notes for the student, who's a third grader at Lincoln, and they will also accept financial donations for the family."

Simmons said students were also planning to send the boy cards, notes and iMovies wishing him a speedy recovery.

"The entire D90 community is offering their prayers, their thoughts, their well wishes to the entire family, not just the student, but the entire family," Simmons said.

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