Child Struck and Killed by School Bus in Park Forest (Park Forest, IL) — The Park Forest Police Department released the following statement regarding a child struck by a school bus on Friday afternoon:
On Friday January 20, 2023 at approximately 3:13 PM, a 7 year-old child was struck by a school bus in the 100 block of Walnut Street in Park Forest. The child was seriously injured and life-saving measures were immediately started by family until Park Forest Police and Firefighter/Paramedics arrived to continue treatment. The child was transported to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The bus involved is owned by Kickert Bus Company and was transporting students from Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 at the time of the incident.
School District 163 and the Park Forest Police Department are arranging for counselors to be available both over the weekend and at the start of the school week next Monday to provide services to students and staff.
The driver of the bus and any witnesses are being interviewed by Park Forest Police Investigators. Due to the preliminary stage of this investigation, it is not known at this time if any charges will be filed in relation to the crash. This incident is being investigated by the Park Forest Police Department and the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team (SMART).
Anyone who may have information is urged to call the Park Forest Police Investigations Division at 708-748-1309.
The men and women of the Park Forest Police Department grieve for the child’s family and for the tragic loss of this child’s life.
Child Struck and Killed by School Bus in Park Forest