Tragedy leads to changes in school zone

By Katherine Tellez

May 6, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The 11-year-old Peoria boy hit by a truck yesterday morning is declared brain dead.

Trever Chick was walking to school yesterday morning when he cut between two parked vehicles and into the 1500 block of Monroe street -- right into the path of a truck.

Trever is being kept on life support so his organs can be donated.

Now District 150 and Peoria Police are working to make the accident scene safer for students.

"He was just trying to go to school," said Trever's mom Tracey Corey"

Trever Chick was on his was to Lincoln Middle School Monday morning when he was hit by a truck.

Now family and friends gather at a handmade memorial to reflect on his life.

"He cared a lot about everything. Words can't even explain Trever. A very loving boy. He's like a leader of a pack," his mom said.

While District 150 officials believe that not having a crossing guard did not contribute to the accident -- they plan to post at least two guards on the street from now on.

"We're looking at a lot of things," said Grag Collins, District 150 safety administrator. "We'll try and make some changes and hopefully ensure the safety of the kids."

Those changes include adding more school zone signs and changing the timing of the lights.

They now stay on longer for children who go to school early or stay late.

Peoria Police and the city traffic engineer also are working together to make it clear to drivers that this is, indeed, a school zone.

Still -- re-training students and drivers is key to preventing accidents.

"Trying to teach people to anticipate that someone might run out, as opposed to them recognizing-- because when you recognize, it's too late many times," Collins said.

A prayer vigil for Trever is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Monroe Street where the accident happened.