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Downers Grove

Downers Grove North student struck by car not expected to recover

Beth Dunlap
Beth Dunlap

DOWNERS GROVE - The Downers Grove North High School student struck Feb. 19 by a car in front of the school was not expected to recover.

“I am sorry to share the following message that we received from the family of Beth Dunlap, the student who was struck by a car on Tuesday,” Downers Grove North Principal Janice Schwarze said in a Feb. 21 notice to members of the Downers Grove North community.

“We are in the process of making final arrangements. We are asking for no more visitation for Beth. We will follow up with funeral arrangements. Beth appreciates the love and prayers that everyone has offered. Please continue to pray for Beth and celebrate her life.”

Dunlap was struck at about 11 a.m. Feb. 19 while crossing the street in the marked crosswalk near the intersection of Main and Grant streets, according to Downers Grove Police. The driver of the car, who was heading south on Main Street, stayed at scene after the crash.

During school announcements on Feb. 22, Schwarze asked the student body to consider ways to do something positive in Dunlap's memory.

"As a tribute to Beth, I ask you to think about ways to remember her spirit of strength while helping others," Schwarze said. "Beth’s number in volleyball was 18. Consider doing something positive in regards to this number in her honor. For example, you might perform 18 random acts of kindness. You might donate $18 to a charity. Do what feels right."

The student body also observed 18 seconds of silence in their classmate's honor.

"Those who know Beth know that she was a fierce competitor and a strong person," Schwarze said. "As hard as this loss is for all of us, I believe that she would want us to be strong and take care of each other. In fact, Beth’s family has ensured that she will take care of others by donating her organs. While this tragedy has forever changed the lives of many in our community, the lives of other people have new hope because of Beth."

"The North High community is obviously hurting right now, but by caring for each other, we will get through this together," she said.

Dunlap’s family thanked the school community for its support, Schwarze said.

The school’s counseling and student support services staff will continue to provide individual support and offer counseling as long as students need it. Any student who is struggling is encouraged to seek out their counselor, Schwarze said.

“Parents, don’t hesitate to call your child’s counselor if you want someone to initiate contact with your child,” Schwarze said.

“Our hearts and deepest sympathy are with Beth’s family during this difficult time,” she said.

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