The Peoria High School community is grieving the passing of a 14-year-old freshman who died after being struck by a vehicle on Friday, Nov. 15.
“There was a moment of silence at the (Peoria High football) game on Friday night, but there are no memorials planned at this time,” said Danielle Airey, a Peoria Unified School District spokeswoman.
According to Brandon Sheffert of the Peoria Police Department, the boy was crossing 83rd Avenue near the high school at 7:55 a.m.
“Preliminary investigation shows that the pedestrian was walking west across North 83rd Avenue and was crossing in the crosswalk with the crosswalk lights flashing,” Sheffert said.
“The driver of the minivan was traveling northbound on 83rd Avenue and failed to yield to the pedestrian in the crosswalk.”
The boy’s name was not released.
“He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Sheffert said. “Sadly, he passed away due to his injuries at approximately 8:56 a.m.”
Sheffert said the 33-year-old minivan driver was not injured. Sheffert said the dirver’s name “will not be released at this time because no arrests or citations have been issued.”
He added the driver “fully cooperated with the investigation.
“The Peoria Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit is still investigating this incident. However, impairment does not appear to be a factor in this collision,” Sheffert said. “Speed and distraction are still being investigated at this time.”
The Peoria Unified School District released the following statement on Friday:
“It is with a heavy heart that we share that a Peoria High School freshman student was killed this morning as a result of a vehicle/pedestrian accident. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained from the accident were too severe and the student passed away.
“We would like to extend our sympathies to the family and all who knew and loved this child. We are truly devastated by this loss and we send our heartfelt condolences out to the entire Panther family,” the statement said.
“Students were informed of this tragedy by their teachers in class today. Our Crisis Response Team has been activated and is on the campus helping students and staff work through their grief. If students need support over the weekend, there are two phone numbers printed on the backside of their badges that they can call to receive support: Teen Lifeline and Crisis Line.”