PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria boy is brain dead after he was hit by a pickup truck early Monday morning.
The Peoria County Coroner has identified the child as Trever Chick, 11, of Peoria.
Trever was pronounced brain dead at Children’s Hospital of Illinois at 9 p.m. Monday. He is being kept on life support for organ donation.
According to witnesses, the child heading to school at Lincoln School when he cut between a bus and a vehicle and ran into a southbound pickup truck. It happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of NE Monroe Street.
Friends and family gathered at a memorial there on Tuesday. The attempted to comfort Trever's mother, hugging and offering prayers to her during this difficult time.
Along with stuffed animals, candles and words of hope a new sign was added Wednesday. It reads 'Watch for children, in loving memory of Trever Chick'.
District 150 officials are working to make sure children are safer on this street. There were several crossing guards on Monroe on Wednesday stopping traffic and reminding kids to only cross at the crosswalks.
District 150 officials say they are determining how to make the area safer and it is likely there will be at least two crossing guards present on the street from now on.
Right now Trever's family is spending time reflecting on his life.
"He was always doing things he cared a lot about everything," said Trever's mother Tracy Corey. "Words can't even explain Trever. A very loving boy. He's like a leader of a pack."
The family also thanked everyone for their love, support and prayer.
We also spoke with Peoria Police and the city traffic engineer who are working together to make it more clear to drivers that this is indeed a school zone.
Tuesday morning the timing on the lights was changed so that they stay on longer for children that are going to school early or staying late.
There is also talk of changing around some signs on the streets and trimming some trees to make these lights and crosswalks more visible.
Counselors continue to be available to students, staff and parents at Lincoln school. Since the accident, they have been talking with students in group settings about what happened and about safety.
Counselors say the kids are resilient and support one another but there are signs to watch out for.
"If they're responding well and everything is going well with your teens, eating normally, completing school work, then they're most likely fine and you don't want to go out of your way to make a big deal out of it," said School Counselor Annie Mayo. "But if you see disruptions in normal patterns, your child is coming to you wanting to talk about it, then you'll definitely want to address it."
Counselors will be available to students across the district for as long as needed.