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Middle-Schooler Dies of Injuries After Being Hit By Truck

An Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School student died Friday afternoon the day after she was hit by a truck while crossing a busy intersection. Dist. 123 officials cancel Friday evening's eighth-grade graduation dance at middle-school.

A Hometown girl who was hit by a pickup truck yesterday morning passed away at at 3:26 p.m. Friday, Chicago Breaking News reported.

Kaylah Lentine, 14, an eighth-grade student at is believed to have missed her school bus and was walking to school to make an awards ceremony being held at her school Thursday morning.

Kaylah was hit by a pickup truck in the turn lane on the east side of Cicero Avenue around 8 a.m. Thursday. A witness to the accident said The impact sent the girl airborne where she landed across the street.

Earlier in the day counselors were on hand to offer students support.

Oak Lawn-Hometown Dist. 123 officials canceled the eighth-grade graduation dance schdeuled for Friday evening. The middle school’s eighth grade class is scheduled to graduate next week.

At 6:50 p.m., Dist. 123 released the following statement:

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of OLHMS 8th grade student, Kaylah Lentine. Kaylah was struck by a car at the intersection of 93rd/Southwest Highway and Cicero Avenue yesterday morning, May 24, 2012.

"Due to the timing of the event, OLHMS will be canceling the 8th grade dance scheduled for this evening. The school will have grief counselors available for students when classes resume on Tuesday morning."

LL May 26, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Imagine that this was your child and someone said that to you. Insensitive. It's a tragedy for everyone involved. No need to put blame on any of the victims. Please keep in mind that her family and her friends (who are young children) are reading this.
Sarah May 26, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I can express my self just as anyone else here. And hope they do read this and learn from this sad tragedy. Maybe this way kids can be more careful walking the streets.
CEC May 26, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Agreed 100% with LL. There are so MANY people affected by this tragedy - both for the student and the driver of the vehicle. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let's remember that this was a tragic ACCIDENT. There's no reason to lack empathy at a time like this.
Mimi domqiuez May 26, 2012 at 01:26 AM
You went to my school but we DIDENT talk much but may my prayers go to you and toes family . Your gone but never to be forgotten w. we OLHMS students love you and will always be carried in out hearts .<//3 );
Mimi domqiuez May 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I'm so sorry for your lost . My prayers go to you and your family . I know we DIDENT talk much but we OLHMS students love you && we will always carry you in our hears . Your in a better place now with no pain.<3 I feel relle sad right now but well see you latter up there
andy skoundrianos May 26, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Heaven has another Angel...
Jenine May 26, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Kaylah was an awesome person. Me and her only talked a little but she was NEVER rude. I still cant believe she's gone. I know that if she was here, she would want everyone to stay strong. She will always be with us in spirit and her smile will always be in our hearts. My prayers go out to her and her family as they deal with this tragedy. RIP Kaylah! Love you!
An olchs student May 26, 2012 at 02:16 AM
From an olchs student the victim's family and the driver's family are in my heart and prayers..i guess it all goes to show that death can happen anywhere, anytime, and unfortunatley to anyone..this death has touched my heart in so many ways that words cant describe, i hope everyone sees this and remembers to treat everyday as their last and just dont do anything you would regret later-love and cherish every moment you live. Rip you beautiful angel <3
Jerry mcguire May 26, 2012 at 02:26 AM
My goodness, a person lost their life, a family lost their baby and the driver has to live with himself for the rest of his life. Everyone here is a victim and I dont think placing blame on anyone involved is productive or positive.
Don Pointer May 26, 2012 at 02:29 AM
May God be with all those whose lives are no doubt changed forever. I feel so sorry for her fellow students, not to mention her family and all involved. May you find strength to carry on.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I think of the many times when I almost got hit by cars or trains as a kid. Kids are kids. They're not always thinking and don't have the life experience that adults do to gauge dangerous intersections or other hazards. I feel great compassion for the driver as well. I ask again that we refrain from placing blame. Please use this space to express concern, prayers and good wishes for all affected by the this tragic accident. I especially want OLHMS students to comment freely without my having to turn on comment moderation.
QuinnQuinnie May 26, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Well after crying yesterday after reading of the accident to sobbing today after reading of her passing, I didn't know this little girl or her family, but this tragedy has effected me in ways that I did not expect. And I have to ask why there are not more options for getting our children to school safely? There are many reasons children take the school bus, to many to mention, but what happens when a child does miss the bus & the parents have already left for work? Or the family only has one car & it's already gone, or it breaks down, gets a flat.....? There has to be a better way than letting a child think the only way is to walk nearly 2 miles to school, or however long his/her trip may be. Why isn't there a pool of parents who would be willing to pick up a child(ren) to get them to school? A list of parents, approved & provided by the school and/or district & divided up by area. Allowing a parent, student or school to call a pooled parent to assist in getting the kids in need to school, even if they are still going to be late. Please find & offer alternative transportation for children who have missed the bus or for parents who, for one reason or another, cannot provide the transportation themselves. This is not meant to replace or run along side school buses, but merely as an emergency backup to the families/children who find themselves with no other way except to walk. Please.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I want to thank everyone who has commented on this story. Our prayers and best wishes go out to Kaylah's family and friends, and to the driver and his family. I am shutting down the comment board for the evening. I'll reopen it on Saturday morning. In the meantime, Kaylah's friends have set up a Facebook page in her memory. I encourage everyone to visit and like Kaylah's page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rest-In-Peace-Kaylah-Lentine/149551465177736
Lisa devivo May 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Though i didnt know them or you no one should ever go through this!!! Rip lil girl!!!! Heaven received another angel!!!
Jesika Winkelman May 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
My prayers go out to this girl and her family, as well as the family of the driver. I work on a school bus with children whose older siblings are friends of hers. It breaks my heart, knowing how it feels to lose someone to an accident like this. Hope prayers and love are headed straight for the familys.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The comment board is open.
Oak Lawn Gal May 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
This is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kaylah and her family. I'm also praying for the driver of the truck. This is so sad.
Celeste May 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I can't stop crying. Kaylah was a good friend of mine. Everyone loves her. She was kind and didn't judge anyone. She was there for anyone who needed it. She loved journey and had the power to make anyone smile no matter what the situation. I can't believe she's gone. No one really can.... Her memory will live on forever. I love you Kaylah. I can't help but feel terrible for not being there when she needed me most...I'm sorry Kaylah. My prayers go out to her, her family, the driver, and all of us, her friends.
Darin Widmer May 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Prayers to all affected by this tragedy.. I also wanted to respond to Lisa LQ...she proposed having a pool of parents available to transport students that miss the bus, or something happens, and want to go to school but don't have a way to get there...great idea to keep these kids safe! What if the bus company were to keep an available bus and driver for this purpose? They could call it the Oops bus, and it would pick-up the students that need it. just a thought. Peace, Darin
R. Master May 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I'm a 7th grader @ OLHMS, I meet Kaylah once in the hallway and she was very nice. She will be missed a bunch and not forgotten. R.I.P. Kaylah
Sandi SCS May 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
@ Lisa LQ - I think this is a great idea! I didn't know this little girl, but my heart goes out to her family and friends as well as the driver and his family.
Haley :) May 27, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I know you and me didn't talk much Kaylah but I wish we did! Tuesday is going to be so sad at OLHMS! Nobody can enjoy themselves on field trips or any other activities knowing we lost one of our fellow students! RIP kaylah! Me and OLHMS will miss you! :'(
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Freedom of speech does exist on The Patch, Matthew. I sent you an email explaining why I deleted your comments. I did not think they were appropriate for this particular forum and my email will explain why.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
You're a good friend, Celeste.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I'm asking all commenters to refrain from placing blame until the facts of this incident come out. I am putting on comment moderation.
Velma Schwien May 29, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Kaylah I wish I spoke to you more in school, we wen't to OLHMS together, you always would say "HI CHEYENNE" when you would see me in the hall. You were always very nice to me and I will never forget that. I know how all of your family and friends are feeling because my cousin died in a car accident on Christmas Morning 2010 and she was 14 just like you. I miss her every day and I am sure your family will miss you but they will have alot of good memories because everyone says you were awesome as a friend and I believe it because you made me feel good just with a Hi tell my cousin Lauren I said hello when you meet her in Heaven. God bless you Kaylah I will be thinking of you with everything we do this week at OLHMS fly with the angels with beautiful butterfly wings <3 Cheyenne Schwien
Caitlyn McManus May 30, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I will miss you
Guera Hernandez May 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Funeral arrangements have been made for Kaylah M. Lentine: Wake: Thursday, May 31st, 2012 2pm until 9pm (1pm for family) At: Our Lady of Loretto Church 8925 South Kostner Ave ... Hometown, IL 60456 708-424-7417 Funeral Mass: Friday, June 1, 2012 Mass time: 11:00am at Our Lady of Loretto Church ... Interment: St. Mary Cemetary 87th Hamlin Ave Evergreen Park, IL Luncheon at: Our Lady of Loretto Church School Hall Building B
Nena May 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
My sentiments exactly. This is such a tragedy but it was an accident and God had his plans for Kaylah and we can only imagine why he chose it to be this. My heart goes out to the family of the driver and Kaylah's family
U.N. Owen December 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Does anybody find it suspicious that the driver (not saying he is guilty or not) has still not surrendered his cell phone records over to the police? Maybe he is hidding something perhaps? Is there more to this story that there appears to be? If I were the OLPD I would go get a warrant for this guy to release his cell phone records so we can finally settle this so Kaylah and her family can be at ease. I feel sorry for both the driver and kaylah but if the driver was on his cell phone he can rot in hell

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