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Hille Student in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Car

A student who was hit by a car outside Hille Middle School Friday night remained in intensive care Saturday morning after undergoing surgery, according to Principal Courtney Orzel. Officials have not named the student.

A student is in critical condition after being struck by a car outside the school on 151st Street in Oak Forest Friday night. 

As of Saturday morning, the student remained in intensive care at a local hospital after undergoing surgery, according to an email Principal Dr. Courtney Orzel sent to Hille families. No further details are available about the child's injuries or condition. 

"The child is in a great hospital with the very best of care, and he has a long recovery in front of him," Orzel wrote in the email. 

The student is not able to receive texts or phone calls, but the family welcomes any show of support from classmates to aid in his recovery. 

The 12-year-old student was walking home from the school musical with friends when he was hit by an eastbound car as he was crossing 151st Street, near Condado Drive, said.  The boy was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. 

Citations are pending against the driver, according to Lieutenant John Koschnitzky. The South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating.

The school will have social workers and counselors at school on Monday for any students who would like to talk, Orzel noted. 

Staff will also collect cards, letters and well wishes for the child and deliver them to the family at the hospital. A box will be set in the school's main office for students to leave their thoughts. 

"The family thanks everyone for their continued support and asks that you pray for his recovery," Orzel wrote.

Janet Spencer Barnes April 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
My prayers go out to this family.
Felicia DePyper April 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
My Heart aches for you. Prayers to Fitz as well as his family and friends...
Debby Musielak April 21, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Annie and the entire Fitzgerald family Mark, Brian and I are praying for you.
Sarah Burke Novoa April 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM
We just had a couple of his friends come to the door. He said that he was with him when he got hit. He said that the boy and his family do not have insurance. Very sad. My heart and prayers go out to him and his family.
Lynn Nowik April 21, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I hope your son gets better. Even though I dont know you, my prayers are with you and your family!
danielle mary April 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I have known this kid for like a week or two and all we did was text. I was going to meet him, but something came up. Even though we never met, he was the funniest, sweetest...etc. boy I know. I hope he gets better and he knows that all his friends care. Wish I can visit you! Love you so much!
Richard DeVries April 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Drivers have to slow down. On time when you get there. Hope all turns out well.
Bonnie Bell April 22, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all non stop. It never leaves you for long. God Bless you through recovering from this.

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