Hundreds Attend Vigil For Boy Hit By Car in Weekend Accident

About 200 people attended a prayer service at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Darien Tuesday night.

About 200 people gathered at in Darien for a prayer service  Tuesday night for an eighth-grader at who was Sunday.  

The boy has been part of the church's religious education program since he was in second grade, according to Gavin Quinn, a retired priest who led Tuesday's service. 

"We must have hope," Quinn told the crowded room. "We must pray that God will hold (him) in the palm of his hand, that (he) will be able to graduate middle school, be confirmed and attend high school."

Some of the boy's classmates volunteered to help with the service, including reading aloud passages from the Bible and passing out candles and programs.

The prayer service was originally a Catholic mass but was altered to allow people of all faiths to attend. A from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeview. 

Quinn told Patch the boy is well-liked by his peers and loved by his two young sisters. He's involved in sports and is an honor roll student, Quinn said.

"He's always full of life and laughter," Quinn said. "His friends love him."  

The boy was riding his bike through the crosswalk at Beller and Lemont roads in Darien Sunday afternoon when he was struck by a car and trapped underneath, according to officials.

The car had to be lifted with two high-pressure air bags to reach him. He was found unconscious and taken to the Level 1 Trauma Center at Advocate Good-Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove before being airlifted to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. No current information on his condition has been released. 

After Sunday’s accident, police closed the intersection at Lemont and Beller for more than three hours while the FIAT reconstruction team examined the scene. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Melissa Sersland February 29, 2012 at 06:18 PM
No information has been released to us. If we get anything, we'll post it ASAP.
MusicMom February 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I fully agree regarding the driver and his personal issues... completely irrelevant to Hunters recovery and it's just unnecessary to drag him thru the mud. It's devastating to be on either end of this situation. The main priority is healing and prayers. I'm glad I caught this article after the edit, as I would have commented the same. Peace to Hunter and his Family.
Kelly March 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I hope and pray that Hunter recovers from this terrible accident. I am however a little shocked at the public support for the man who mowed down a child in a crosswalk. I would hazard to guess that most of the devastation is on the side of the victim and his family. Anger does not solve anything and accidents are a terrible thing can happen to any one of us but operating a vehicle can have serious consequences that I think we all seem to forget sometimes.
Mom March 11, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I agree with Kelly Dahle.I am totally shocked that anyone who does not know this man would defend him.Good choice of words:he did mowed down this child!
Mom March 11, 2012 at 03:56 AM
The Patch was not the only one that gave info on this driver.His name is in City of Darien Police Department Press release.Don't we all have the right to know who lives next door,and try to protect ourselves? I would understand your views if you know this man,I don't see here you do,so how can you be so sure he is not a ''mad villan''indeed?If you were hit 100 times and saw ''first hand what the drivers go through''that still does not mean the 101 st one would feel the same.And how do we know that his past wrong doings have NOTHING to do with this accident?It looks like this is a person who keeps hurting people.We don't know his past,his character,his mental health,or his driving record,and that's why I will save my prayers for the victim and his family!


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