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Crime & Courts

Community supports family of Berwyn 9-year-old killed in hit-and-run

BERWYN – The Berwyn community is rallying around the family of an Irving Elementary School third-grader who was killed June 16 in a hit-and-run crash in Burbank.

Caleb Bell, 9, and his mother and 6-year-old sister were struck by a car at about 9:45 p.m. while they were walking westbound across Cicero Avenue near 86th Street. They were transported to area hospitals, where Caleb died from his injuries, and his family members were listed as in stable condition, according to the Burbank Police Department.

"There are no words for such a tragedy – the death of a child and especially the needless death of a child," Berwyn South School District 100 posted on its Facebook page. "Caleb was a son, a brother, a grandson, a cousin, a friend – and for the Irving family – one of their own. For the brief years he was with us, we gave to Caleb concern and care for his educational and emotional needs – and Caleb gave back to us as well. We will remember Caleb and recall his name and life often."

The suspect vehicle is described as either a 2007 or 2008 four-door Ford Fusion, possibly light gray or silver. It was traveling southbound in the middle lane on Cicero Avenue when it allegedly struck all three individuals and then continued without stopping or rendering aid, police said. The vehicle was last seen traveling westbound on 87th Street from Cicero Avenue. The vehicle should have some front-end damage.

Another vehicle of interest is a full-sized white SUV with vanity plates. Police said they believe this vehicle may have information related to the investigation.

The Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team and South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are assisting in the investigation, according to posts on the Burbank Police Department Facebook page.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these vehicles is urged to contact the Police Department at 708-924-7300.

A GoFundMe page was started by former neighbors of Caleb's grandparents to help pay for medical and funeral expenses. As of June 26, $9,295 had been raised.

"What has happened is beyond comprehension, and we are all absolutely heartbroken," the page states. "Caleb was a beautiful, spirited little boy who was an absolute joy. His mother, sister, aunt, grandparents, and friends loved him deeply and will miss him terribly. At a time like this, we all want to help the family as they cope with this unimaginable loss."

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How to help

To donate to the Bell family, visit gofundme.com/support-the-family-of-Caleb-Bell.

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