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Student killed after being hit by van

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 17:32:46-04

By WTOL Newsroom

TOLEDO (WTOL) - A Rogers High School student was killed after being hit by a van in South Toledo.

The incident happened on Hill and Torrington around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police say 16-year-old sophomore Romear Cavitt was hit while trying to cross the street to go to the bus stop to get to school. Police say he was coming from his aunt’s house where he had spent the night.

Police say he was taken to the hospital where he later was pronounced dead.

Police says Cavitt was hit by a minivan that was driven by a 27-year-old pregnant woman. Police say a 14-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old were also in the car at the time of the crash.

The woman was taken to the hospital to be checked out for minor injuries. It is unclear if she will be cited for the crash.

Police say Cavitt wasn’t walking in the crosswalk, and some of his classmates witnessed the crash.

“Witnesses on scene said that he was just walking across the street, not in the crosswalk, and it’s unclear if he didn’t see the car, but it was dark outside,”said TPD Lt. Kevan Toney.

Officials are investigating what led up to the crash and are trying to determine if any other factors were involved. The speed limit is 45 mph in the area.

Hill is blocked due to the crash.

Drivers can take Reynolds to Dorr to Byrne as a detour.

Police say counselors and the principal and source resource officer of Rogers High School were at the scene this morning and will be helping throughout the day.

Trudie Neely, Rogers' principal sent out the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

"Rogers High School is mourning the loss of one of our students, Romear Cavitt, who passed away this morning while traveling to school. Romear was a friend to many and was known to joke around with friends and staff. According to his counselor, Mr. Howard, Romear shared a special bond with several teachers and was always respectful of others. He will be missed by the Ram Nation. We ask everyone to keep Romear’s family and friends in their thoughts and prayers as they deal with his sudden loss.

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