Oak Park River Forest High School senior dies in car crash

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Thomas Hunt, an 18-year-old Oak Park River Forest High School senior, has died after being involved in a multiple-vehicle car crash that took place on May 4, at about 10 a.m. at the intersection Oak Park Avenue and Adams Street.
Police are still investigating the crash, but they say Hunt was traveling southbound on Oak Park Avenue, attempted to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with another vehicle headed northbound.
The vehicle headed northbound also collided with a parked car and the vehicle Hunt attempted to pass, according to police. Neither of those motorists were injured.
Hunt was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment and was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. on the day of the accident. Police report that the crash resulted in the closure of Oak Park Avenue between Jackson Boulevard and Adams Street for nearly five hours, while police investigated the scene.
Lynda J. Parker, OPRF assistant principal for student services, said in a letter to parents that Hunt was "considered to be a selfless individual who always thought of others before himself."
"Thomas is one of three Hunt children to attend OPRFHS and was well known and liked by peers and adults alike," Parker said. "He was a part of our graphic design class and is credited for creating the cover of Tabula this school year."
Parker said Hunt cared deeply for his sister, an OPRF sophomore, "and always looked out for her to assist when she needed it most."
She said in Hunt's' memory, students will wear T-shirts on Monday designed by the late student.
The school will provide counselors and social workers starting at 7:15 a.m. in the OPRF College Center, room 207. Counselors and social workers also will be available at the start of each of Hunt's classes.
"It is never easy to bear upsetting news and it can be overwhelming to process," Parker said. "Nevertheless, we are confident that our Huskies will rally together to support and console one another and embrace Hunt family during this difficult time.

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Kathy Noone from Oak park  

Posted: May 7th, 2019 10:45 AM

Such a horrific accident, my prayers and my well wishes are with you and your family. I can say i know how you feel because it happened to me but there are no words that can describe my heartfelt condolences to the family. God bless you all. Sincerely Kathleen Noone

Jim Frenkel  

Posted: May 6th, 2019 2:12 PM

Such a tragic loss. Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to the Hunt family.

Karina Reyes  

Posted: May 6th, 2019 9:07 AM

Carolynn: I met you and Tom last year. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family. You are in my prayers.

Crystal R. Brown  

Posted: May 6th, 2019 7:06 AM

My heart is broken by this news. Keeping the family in prayers.

David Neubecker from River Forest  

Posted: May 5th, 2019 10:09 PM

My deepest condolences to the Hunt family and Tom's many friends. Our family will continue to keep you in our thoughts.

Kari Lynn from Oak Park  

Posted: May 5th, 2019 5:28 PM

I am so very sorry for the Hunt family. This is a loss beyond words

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