By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
The Cheyenne Police Department is reporting that a 13-year-old male was killed on Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle.
The police said the juvenile was hit by a Ford Escape at approximately 7 a.m. near McCormick Jr. High School.
The student was attempting to cross Western Hill Boulevard on the crosswalk when he was hit by the car.
“The victim sustained critical injuries and was transported by ambulance to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead,” the report said.
The driver of the vehicle remained on-site during the investigation.
In a statement released late Friday, Cheyenne Mayor Patrick Collins said there were “no words” to adequately express the grief for the loss of the child.
“Judy and I send our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family of the 13-year-old who lost his life today. These condolences extend to the McCormick students and staff who knew this young man so well,” Collins said.
We’re also thinking of our first responders who were on site to do their job and help any way they could. Life is precious. This is a reminder to cherish and love those around you,” he said.
One thing I do know is Cheyenne will rally behind and support this young man’s family as well as the McCormick students and staff. Our community will step up and help in such a time of need. That’s why I love this community and its people.”
Friends of the family took to the Cheyenne Police Department’s Facebook page to offer their condolences.
“My heart is breaking for his family and all of his friends. My daughter has been friends with him since kindergarten, she is devastated. We are so heartbroken!! Praying for the family,” wrote Bethany Way.
“Rest in peace sweet boy….my daughter adored you as a friend and we are so devastated by this loss,” wrote LD Hensala.