Teen dies after crash in Hammond

2013-09-02T20:00:00Z 2013-09-03T13:26:03Z Teen dies after crash in HammondElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
September 02, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A 13-year-old boy died after being struck by a car Sunday on Calumet Avenue in Hammond.

Joshua Spencer, of Hammond, died at 10:58 p.m. Sunday at The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine a cause of death. 

The teenager was riding his bicycle at 12:25 p.m. near the drive-through of the Dairy Belle ice cream shop on Calumet Avenue and 171st Street, Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda said. He then rode into traffic on Calumet Avenue, Hoyda said.

An 83-year-old Hammond woman driving south on Calumet Avenue was not able to brake in time and hit Spencer, he said.

Spencer was taken to Comer Children's Hospital where he later died, officials said.

On Monday, Dairy Belle employees said they didn't see the crash and didn't know Spencer. Motorists drove through the busy intersection and over yellow spray paint outlining the scene of the crash.

John Moran, 39, of Munster, was sitting Sunday outside the Dairy Belle with his two children when he heard the impact of the crash. He turned around and recognized Spencer as the boy who had ordered after Moran's family.

Moran said he and others in the area rushed to help Spencer, who had been thrown off his bicycle.

"He wasn't responsive," he said. "He had really bad injuries, there wasn't a lot we could do."

He said paramedics quickly arrived and took the teen to the hospital. He said he and his children didn't witness the crash because they were facing away from the street, but they saw the commotion afterward.

"It was not a good thing to see for any adult," he said. "It was a bad scene."

Moran said he later talked to his children about what happened and prayed for the teen.

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