A child was struck by a vehicle at the corner of Cuyler Avenue and Jackson Boulevard near Longfellow Elementary School at 3:10 p.m., Nov. 8. In a letter sent later that afternoon, the school’s principal, Amy Jefferson, told Longfellow families that the child, a student, was hit while walking across the street at the Jackson Boulevard intersection with family following dismissal.
Jefferson wrote that the child was immediately attended to by staff and that Oak Park police and an ambulance responded to the scene within minutes. Her letter states that the school is awaiting information regarding the child’s status, however police do not believe the injuries are life threatening.
“The child was injured but is awake and, according to police, the injuries do not appear to be life threatening,” Oak Park spokesman David Powers told Wednesday Journal.
The child, whose father was with him, was transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for examination, per Powers, who could provide no further details.
Longfellow planned to have social workers available Tuesday for those who witnessed the incident or for students in need of support.
Jefferson closed out her letter with a reminder for families and student to stay vigilant during school arrival and dismissal.
“It takes our entire school community to make sure everyone stays safe, particularly when there are so many cars, bicycles and pedestrians sharing the streets and sidewalks.”
The principal concluded that the school district will be in conversation with the village of Oak Park in the coming days to determine if there are additional steps that need to be taken to improve safety.
This is a developing story.