Gavit memorial honors teen killed in traffic in Hammond

2013-11-01T00:05:00Z Gavit memorial honors teen killed in traffic in HammondTimes Staff
November 01, 2013 12:05 am  • 

HAMMOND | Donald E. Gavit Middle/High School will have a memorial Saturday for a student who died in a September crash.

The memorial for Joshua Spencer, 13, will start at 10 a.m. in front of the school and will include planting a tree donated from Alsip Home & Nursery, said Michelle Ondas, the school's principal. Attendees will place black ribbons on the branches because it was the teen's favorite color.

Spencer was riding his bicycle at 12:25 p.m. Sept. 1 near the drive-thru of the Dairy Belle ice cream shop on Calumet Avenue when he rode into traffic, Hammond police said. An 83-year-old Hammond woman was driving south on Calumet Avenue and was not able to brake in time and hit Spencer.

He was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago where he later died, police said.

Ondas said Saturday's memorial is open to the public. Spencer's parents also will be presented with a monetary donation from the community.

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