Thursday, November 15, 2012
Parents of 14-year-old Hunter Himes say he won't recover from injuries sustained in February, when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home from a friend's house.
It's been nine months since 14-year-old Hunter Himes was struck by a car while riding his bike in Darien, and for the first time, his family is feeling some sense of closure. Hunter, who would have been a freshman at Downers Grove South this fall, was left in a persistent vegetative state from brain injuries suffered in the accident. His parents, Mark and Terra Ihde, put him on hospice this week after learning he would not recover. For the past several months, the Ihdes have been attending court hearings for the driver in the crash, Timothy J. Hagan, who pleaded not guilty to failing to yield to a pedestrian. The Ihdes were joined Thursday by several family members at the DuPage County Field Court in Downers Grove for Hagan's long-awaited…
Monday, October 1, 2012
An accident in Darien this February left 14-year-old Hunter Himes severely disabled after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home from a friend's house.
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Monday, October 1, 2012
In Illinois, drivers convicted of hitting a construction worker are subject for up to a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison, but the maximum penalty for failing to yield to a pedestrian in Illinois is typically a $500 fine. For one family in the area, this disparity adds a cruel insult to injury. Earlier this year, 14-year-old Hunter Himes, of unincorporated Downers Grove, was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home from a friend's house. The former Lakeview Junior High student was left without the ability to walk or speak. The driver, Timothy J. Hagan, of Darien, had previous traffic offenses. He was ticketed for "failure to yield," and only faces community service, according to a group that is petitioning to increase the penalities…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
As Illinois tightens its distracted driving laws, the mother of a Downers Grove boy struck by a car while riding his bike in February asks drivers to take responsibility for their actions.
There have been many difficult days for the Ihde family since their son, Hunter Himes, was struck by a car in February while riding his bike in Darien. The day Terra Ihde, Hunter’s mom, found out the maximum penalty for failing to yield to a pedestrian in Illinois is typically a $500 fine had its own brutality. “Nothing is going to fill the void,” Ihde said. “No amount of money, no jail time will replace what we lost, but it’s just another dagger in the back.” Hunter, a 14-year-old resident of unincorporated Downers Grove, survived the accident, but was left severely disabled. Doctors say it is unlikely he will walk or talk again. While Ihde spends her days caring for her son, who came home from a rehabilitation center earlier this summer…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Good news on an 8 year-old’s battle against Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
In early February of this year an 8-year-old girl named Brenna Quirin was having terrible stomach pains and her parents were struggling to find the source. After a plethora of tests and doctors, the second grader was diagnosed with a fast growing cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Thankfully, her tumor was diagnosed early which gave Brenna a fighting chance against this aggressive disease. Her mother, Kerry Quirin, looked back on the diagnosis and her mother’s intuition. “If you think something is wrong with your child and the 'typical' answers aren't sitting well with you, fight, fight, fight for an answer," she said. "From her first pain to a cancer diagnosis was only eight weeks because I was relentless. I called up doctors crying and …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Terra Ihde gives an intimate look into how life has changed since her 14-year-old son, Hunter Himes, was critically injured in a February car accident.
The family dog, Cinder, sits by the garage door sometimes waiting for the Ihde’s son, Hunter Himes, to come home. Hunter, 14, hasn’t returned since an SUV struck him Feb. 26 in Darien while he was riding his bike home from a friend’s house. Nearly four months later, Hunter remains in Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, undergoing exhaustive therapy for injuries that doctors say will leave him permanently disabled. “We miss him tremendously,” Hunter’s mom, Terra Ihde, said. “This is just a horrific accident that we’re still dealing with.” Ihde misses the boy who liked to buy his clothes at Goodwill and unselfishly devoted himself to his two younger sisters, Chase, 3, and Calyn, 2. At a fair last year, Hunter won a bunch of tokens …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Card game created by DG resident to be sold at Fair Game with all proceeds going to Hunter Himes.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Last week we mentioned Darien Patch's fundraiser for Hunter Himes, the eighth-grader who was hit by a car while riding his bike in February. This weekend, we learned of another fundraisier: Downers Grove resident Wayne Bancroft makes a card game, and he'd like the proceeds from the purchase of his game to help Hunter. So, stop by Fair Game in downtown Downers Grove and pick up Gridiron Football. The game should cost around $10. For more information on Gridiron Football: Gridiron Football is a realistic fun-filled football card game that captures the excitement of actually playing football. The game is patterned after the NFL and NCAA Football Leagues, and is a perfect fit for players of all ages. It teaches the rules of football and the …