A 13-year-old girl was injured in traffic across from Percy Julian Middle School last Tuesday afternoon but, according to Oak Park police, the incident was not a hit-and-run.

Police say the girl and a friend were roughhousing between two school buses when one pushed the other out into traffic on Washington Boulevard. One girl was struck by the side-view mirror of a passing car. She suffered abrasions and lost several teeth.

The other girl also suffered abrasions after stumbling into the street. Both were treated at local hospitals and released. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving on a suspended license and driving with no proof of insurance.

Julian Principal Victoria Sharts said parents picking their children up from school that afternoon, and a school bus driver, attended to the girls who are in the seventh and eighth grades. Police and medical personnel responded quickly, she added.

OPRF honors alums with ‘Tradition of Excellence’

Oak Park and River Forest High School’s 26th annual Tradition of Excellence dinner and student assembly takes place Thursday and Friday. This year’s honorees are Paul Broucek, class of 1970, a film music producer whose credits include Austin Powers, Wag the Dog, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Fellow honoree, Joe Cantafio of the class of 1973, is a musician, performing with rock legends such as Chuck Berry and The Beach Boys. The dinner takes places at 5:30 p.m. at OPRF, 201 N. Scoville, in the second-floor faculty cafeteria. The student assemblies take place Friday morning at 8:45 and 9:40. Established in 1982, the award honors alumni and former students for their distinguished work in a variety of arenas, including business, the arts and academia.


In the Oct. 29 Wednesday Journal School Board Notes article, the president of the Oak Park and River Forest High School Student Council was misidentified. The council’s president is Mara Blesoff, an OPRF senior.

In the article, Retired D97 teacher remembered as free spirit, funeral services for Elizabeth Bruhns took place Sunday, Oct. 26, not Nov. 2. Wednesday Journal regrets the errors.

Bill Dwyer contributed to this report.

– Terry Dean

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