14-year-old boy killed, 12-year-old girl critically injured after being struck by car on West Side

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CHICAGO — A 14-year-old boy was killed and a 12-year-old girl was critically injured after being struck by a car in North Lawndale Saturday night, according to police.

Police said a 20-year-old man was driving a grey Dodge Charger in the 4400 block of West Cermak Road at approximately 7:30 p.m. when a 14-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl ran into the street and were struck.

The 14-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene and the 12-year-old girl was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

The boy has been identified as Chicago teen Kaidon Bell, the youngest of seven siblings.

“Our house is so quiet without him. Kaidon was our entertainment, Kaidon was everything,” older sister Nekiara Bell said.

Nekiara said Kaidon was a huge Harry Potter fan who loved to write and was looking forward to attending Westinghouse High School.

Heartbroken, Nekiara has a plea for drivers.

“Slow down, slow down. You never know whose family is in the street. You never know what you may hit, just slow down and please be cautious of everybody and the people around you,” Bell said.

The grief leaves Nekiara leaning on support from Alexis Wilson, a cousin who is more revered by the family as an aunt.

“He was just a loving individual. He helped everybody in the household. There’s nothing that you couldn’t ask him to do that he wouldn’t do,” Wilson said.

Anyone interested in helping with funeral expenses is asked to contact Alexis Wilson at 312-837-7801 or 773-966-8965.

The Major Accidents Unit is investigating and the crash does not appear to be alcohol-related. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed and yield to pedestrian.

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