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Pedestrian Struck by Truck Is Student At Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School

Witness says girl looked confused crossing busy intersection of 93rd Street and Southwest Highway and did not see truck coming. Severely injured girl taken to Christ Hospital.

A student from was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the intersection of 93rd Street and Cicero Avenue Thursday morning.

official confirmed that the injured pedestrian was an eighth-grade student at the middle school, which was having an awards ceremony Thursday morning.

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The severely injured girl, said to be around 13, resides in Hometown, and had apparently missed the school bus. She was taken to where she is said to be in stable condition.

said the girl was walking across Southwest Highway from north to south on the west side of Cicero Avenue at approximately 8:13 a.m. when she was struck by the pickup truck that was traveling eastbound on 93rd Street. Police said the driver of the pickup truck was still on the scene when they arrived.

A man who witnessed the accident from his car while he was stopped in traffic facing southbound on Cicero Avenue, said it looked like the girl became confused crossing the intersection.

“She got into the turning lane and jumped back like she knew she made a mistake,” Kevin Kaplan said. “She just started across the intersection like she was going to make a run for it. The truck never even saw her."

Although the girl did not see the truck coming toward her, Kaplan and the woman in the car next to his both did.

“I was screaming in my car, ‘no,’” Kaplan said. “I could see the truck coming and the girl running. The woman in the car next to me, we were both looking at each other, yelling 'no.' She was hysterical.”

The impact of the truck knocked the girl airborne over the intersection to the east side of Cicero Avenue.

Kaplan got of his car and went to the girl’s aid but “she was not in good shape.” The driver of the pickup truck, a man in his thirties, was “pretty shaken up,” Kaplan said.

“I went over and gave him a hug when I left” he added.

The father of a 12-year-old daughter, Kaplan said he couldn’t get Thursday morning’s events out of his mind.  

Dist. 123 officials said that counselors would be available Friday morning for students at the middle school. Graduation exercises for eighth-grade students are next week.

Late Thursday afternoon, a friend of the injured girl left her a message on Patch:

“Please be okay stay strong, ill keep you in my prayers ... me and O.L.H.M.S miss you.”

OL Resident May 25, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I am praying for everyone involved in this accident. As a parent it breaks my heart.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 03:13 PM
For those who witnessed the accident, please use some discretion in the details you are providing. Imagine if this was your child that you were reading about.
Kayla Higens May 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Kaylah we love you and miss you at OLHMS. Please get better babygirl. PLEASE. Our hearts are hurt. We need you to STAY STRONG and keep fighting. You are so smart, beautiful and strong. I know you will be okay. I believe that God is by your side and he will help you. You have such a loving heart and I wish this didn't happen to you. Bad stuff always happens to good people but I know you and your not going to give up. You'll keep fighting and you will graduate just like the rest of the 8th graders. If not..I'll come to the hospital with your diploma in my hand and give you the graduation ceremony you deserve.<3 No one ever thought this would happen to you. You should see all the kids wearing yellow and baggy sweaters and tight jeans for you because we all know that was your style. I love you<3 Please please PLEASE get better.
Ginette Haak May 25, 2012 at 03:29 PM
My prayers for Kayla, and her family, as well as all her friends. An accident like this is tragic enough, but the week before graduation makes it all the more difficult for everyone. May God give them all strength to get through the next several weeks (months) as Kayla recovers. I also pray for the driver of the truck that hit her. My understanding is that he never even saw her coming. I can't imagine how it would feel to be in his position. My heart breaks for everyone involved.
Julia Rothman May 25, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Kaylah i didnt really know you. But i still love you. I hear GREAT things about you. This whole school misses you. God's by your side and you know it. Tragic things happen but I know you will get through it.
Julia Rothman May 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
You should see what everyone wore today. Tight jeans, baggy sweatshirt, and a yellow shirt because that was your favorite color. You didnt deserve this. Stay strong Kaylah. We miss you <3 PLEASE get better <3
Jessie May 25, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Get better Kaylah, I didn't really know you but I KNOW you'll wake up and hopefully you will feel good. OLHMS' heart aches for you, we're wearing yellow and tight jeans to support you. Get better, we miss you!
OakLawnGuy May 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM
How about quit the speculation and amateur CSI observations. Take em elsewhere, leave this space for those expressing concern for the victim.
Kayla Higens May 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
It was a green light he did have the right away but it only takes about 20 mph to do that to someone.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I've deleted a few well-intended comments because I felt some of the details were graphic. You are welcome to repost your prayers and concerns about the student. Please be sensitive to the student's family and note that children are reading this story. Oak Lawn is a great community and this has affected us all.
Jennifer Owen May 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
My prayer are with her. My son Nathan is in her class it is tragic. I would like to have a cermony of some sort for her since she will most likley miss her graduation. I know I would help with it and have my son dress up again for it.
Sarah May 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I feel bad for both parties, I'm sure the driver is also affected by this as well
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I want to thank all of the OLHMS students who have commented. Your classmate has some great friends.
Nicole Richko May 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
That is why it's called an "accident" . The witnesses stated that they saw her, she looked confused, & the driver did not see her. I guarantee this man is devastated & when people like you make accusatory comments like that, it only makes things worse. In these situations, communities must come together & support one another. It can have just as easily been YOU driving that car & not seen her. Prayers to BOTH families, especially the victim & her parents. As a mom, I could not IMAGINE the terror they must have felt getting the news of their child's accident. Hope she makes a full recovery!
Jessica Hernandez May 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM
RIP Kaylah 2012
Karen King May 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Family just notified us she has passed away prayers go out to them.
Sandra Bury May 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM
So very sorry to hear this. I had really hoped she could pull through. My thoughts and prayers will be with family, friends and loved ones in the very difficult days ahead..
Mike Horvath May 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM
R.I.P we at o.l.h.m.s will miss you and im a o.l.h.m.s student once again R.I.P
TK May 26, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Everyone loves you Kaylah. You will be missed but you will always live on in our hearts and minds. I know you are watching over us and telling us all, "Don't stop believing!"
K May 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
This should be deleted since it is an inappropriate comment. This was a tragic accident. They are called accidents for a reason. I am very sad for both families involved and my prayers are with them. I also feel sorry for you because I can imagine what type of person you must be since you feel that blaming a 14 year old who just passed away is the best comment to leave on this article.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I am asking everyone to refrain from placing blame in what is a tragic accident. Please be respectful.
TK May 26, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Thank you Lorraine for your compassion and for removing inflammatory comments which could hurt the families of those involved.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 05:16 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
Mohammad M. May 26, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Kaylah u were a great friend i will miss u. You r in my prayers
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The comment board is open.
Xiomara Salinas May 27, 2012 at 01:14 AM
R.I.P Kaylah All of O.L.H.M.S will miss your Your in our prayers
Mary Ann Kosiak May 27, 2012 at 09:56 PM
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kathleen patricia fricano May 29, 2012 at 01:28 AM
My family and I are praying for Kaylah and her family. she will be missed by many people god bless her!
oak.lawn.girl. May 29, 2012 at 04:04 AM
hi mary.. before i say anything i would just like to say this is my opinion.. well i know you are trying to help kaylah's family but it is just very rude to advertise your buisness on a story of a girl that had sadly died in a tradgic way.. but that is just my opinion i hope you dont take this harsh.
oak.lawn.girl. May 29, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Rest In Peace Kaylah Lentine you and your family will always be in my heart


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