Kaylah's Mom Goes Before Traffic Review Committee on Aug. 2

Family of Kaylah Lentine, 14, who died of her injuries after being hit by a pick-up truck at the intersection of Southwest Highway and Cicero Avenue in May, will ask the Oak Lawn Traffic Review Committee to support making safety modifications to corner.


The mother of a after she had missed the morning school bus on May 24, is set to go before the traffic review committee on Thursday.

Although the accident is still under police investigation, Krista Wilkinson

The driver of the pick-up truck that struck the Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School student has not been charged.

to update the corner to make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

The intersection of Southwest Highway and Cicero Avenue is the only corner between 79th and 115th Streets that does not have a pedestrian crossing signal, according to Active Transportation Alliance.

The transportation advocacy group works with communities to develop safer and more walkable communities, has compiled a list of recommendations to modify the intersection.

ActiveTrans has proposed the following safety modifications:

Proposed modifications for the Cicero Avenue and Southwest Highway intersection include:

  • 8 new zebra style crosswalks;
  • 8 pedestrian signals with countdown timers;
  • 2 new pedestrian islands;
  • 12 truncated domes and
  • 12 ADA-compliant curb ramps.

Wilkinson said she has gathered 350 signatures from Oak Lawn and Hometown residents, as well as 2,000 signatures on online petition at change.org.

Wilkinson and her family will present those recommendations to the Oak Lawn Traffic Review Committee on Aug. 2.

Trustee Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) who supports the safety modifications, said he welcomed the traffic review committee’s independent review.

“I’m so passionate about making sure that we do the right thing for the family that I look forward to the committee's extra eyes and discussion,” Olejniczak said.

The Oak Lawn Traffic Review Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Village Hall, 9466 S. Raymond Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

JackiMagi August 04, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Because she ran out in front of him from between two cars. He was obeying all the traffic laws and going the posted speed limit. This truly was an accident in every sense of the word
JackiMagi August 04, 2012 at 01:27 AM
You only receive a ticket if you aren't obeying the rules of the road and your actions caused the accident, this was not the case here
Richard August 10, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Really? Where'd you pull that out of? That's not the law. Check the Illinois Rules of the Road. Pedestrians' right-of-way at crosswalks. (a) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. (b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. (c) Paragraph (a) shall not apply under the condition stated in Section 11-1003 (b). (d) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle. (e) Whenever stop signs or flashing red signals are in place at an intersection or at a plainly marked crosswalk between intersections, drivers shall yield right-of-way to pedestrians as set forth in Section 11-904 of this Chapter. (Source: P.A. 96-1165, eff. 7-22-10.)
Richard August 10, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Be glad the vehicle owner does not sue the family for damages. As strange as that sounds, and as tragic as this is, the victim was in violation of the law - he could do it. Yes, it would be sick and twisted, but he did nothing wrong - the kid darted into moving traffic. Blame the parents, not the driver. Remember the "look both ways" rule?
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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