9-year-old killed in Janesville after being hit by vehicle

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A 9-year-old boy was killed in Janesville on Wednesday after a driver hit him with a vehicle, police confirmed.

According to an alert from the Janesville Police Department, the boy was hit at the intersection of East Memorial Drive and Prairie Avenue, roughly a mile east of the Rock River, shortly after 3:15 p.m.

Janesville Police Sgt. Aaron Dammen said emergency crews initially took him to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, but he was later taken by MedFlight to UW Hospital in Madison where he died.

Police are still investigating the incident, and Dammen said the driver is cooperating.

School District of Janesville spokesperson Patrick Gasper confirmed to News 3 Now the child was a student at nearby Adams Elementary School.

Justina Schulze, whose 5-year-old son Jackson attends Adams, said the incident is something other kids at the school are talking about, so that will mean parents will need to have some tough conversations.

She said she’s not sure how to approach the topic with her 5-year-old, but she believes it’s a conversation she needs to have.

“I guess I’ll start with him and sit him down and see what he’s heard,” Schulze said. “You know, I don’t know the details, but definitely my child, I know he tends to like not always look when he crosses the street, so just talk with him like, ‘You (have) always got to look for cars.'”

The school does not have classes on Friday due to a teacher work day, so the district is planning to have extra support staff available next week, Gasper said.

Dennan said the police department is considering putting a crossing guard at the intersection where the incident occurred. He said they already have several at the busiest intersections near Adams Elementary.

The department is also currently looking to hire additional crossing guards. Dennan said while they are struggling to fill those positions, community service officers have stepped in to fill the gap. That does put a strain on the department, so he is encouraging community members to apply.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story mistakenly identified the victim as a girl; the Janesville Police Department later confirmed to News 3 Now the victim was a boy.