A Madison Elementary second grade student is dead after being struck by an SUV on Madison Street. The accident occurred shortly after school let out on Thursday afternoon.
Kade Meyer, 7, was attempting to cross Madison Street Thursday afternoon. He stepped into the street between two vehicles stopped on the street in the elementary school pick up line.
Public safety officers and paramedics attempted CPR and Meyer was life flighted to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to Ilena Spalding, Gardner Public Safety information officer, Meyer was not struck in the crosswalk. The accident is under investigation, and Spalding could not say whether the SUV’s driver will be charged or cited for the accident.
Meyer is the youngest son of Gardner Edgerton High School Vice Principal Mark Meyer.
Madison Elementary School Principal Christie Whitter described Kade as a bright and happy boy.
“…Such a joy to be around,” she said in a release. “The sadness felt today at Madison and in the community of Gardner is beyond words.”
His teacher, Brendon McIntire, said Kade was a wonderful little boy.
“Kade was a delight to have in class,” she said. “He was a typical 7-year-old boy who had lots of friends, enjoyed school and loved life and everything in it.”
According to an official statement from the school district, counselors and psychologists from all district schools are on hand today to assist staff and students at Madison Elementary School.
“Words can not describe the sadness our district and the community of Gardner is experiencing today,” Bill Gilhaus, superintendent said in a release. “Our community is a strong and caring one and we will help and support each other through this very difficult time.”
Thursday’s student fatality accident was the second since the school year started. GEHS student Andrew Hurd died in a two-car accident less than two weeks ago.
“A whole community is reeling,” Spalding said.
— Danedri Thompson