CHICAGO HEIGHTS | A 7-year-old boy who was heading to school Wednesday morning was killed by a vehicle at 16th Place and Chicago Road, officials said.
Jackson Hill, of Chicago Heights, was identified as the boy involved in the crash, the Cook County medical examiner's office said. He was pronounced dead at 9:07 a.m., and an official cause of death was pending an autopsy.
Police and fire units responded to the call for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at 7:48 a.m. Wednesday at 16th Place and Chicago Road, police said. Washington-McKinley Elementary School is at 25 W. 16th Place.
Paramedics treated Jackson on the scene and he was rushed to Franciscan St. James Health hospital in Chicago Heights but later died from his injuries.
The Chicago Heights School District 170 posted a statement on its website Wednesday night stating that the student was going to school when the crash happened.
"It is never easy to experience the loss of a human life, but it is especially difficult to cope with the loss of a child," the statement read. "The Board of Education and Superintendent ask for you to keep the student and the student's family in your thoughts and prayers."
According to the statement, the district plans to provide assistance to students and staff members to help them through the grieving process.
The Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident. Police said no arrests have been made and a cause for the accident has not yet been determined.