Carthage College identifies student killed by truck near campus

Victim was a freshman from Lindenhurst, Illinois
Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 08:11:50-04

A Carthage College student was hit by a truck and died Thursday afternoon, a few blocks from the Carthage campus. School officials say the student was freshman Griffin Schumow.

Kenosha Police say the student was hit on Sheridan Road near 17th Street just before 3:30 p.m. The school confirmed in a Facebook post that Schumow was an environmental science major from Lindenhurst, Illinois.

"It was kind of big news obviously," said Bella Medina, a student at Carthage.

She says a lot of students walk along the busy road as it connects campus to nearby student housing.

"There’s oftentimes people walking along it," she said. "Especially with little to no shoulder room, it can be very dangerous if you’re on your phone or driving fast."

The driver of the truck stayed on scene, and police say they are still investigating the crash.

"This is definitely a scary reality check for I think a lot of people," said Medina.

The school says grief counselors will be available at the school Thursday and that they are "working with Griffin’s family to determine the best way to honor Griffin’s life."

Carthage College President John Swallow released the following statement about the crash: 

Dear members of the Carthage community,

It is with an extraordinarily heavy heart that I share that Carthage freshman Griffin Schumow was killed earlier today after being struck by a vehicle on Sheridan Road. Griffin was an environmental science major from Lindenhurst, Illinois. I have spoken with Griffin’s parents to share the condolences of our community.

Carthage counselors and Campus Pastor Kara Baylor will continue to be available for all Carthage students, faculty, and staff who need support during this sad time. In addition to their regular hours, our counseling staff will offer support at the following times and locations:

11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Pastor Kara Baylor will be available in the Joan C. Potente Chapel located in the Oaks Circle.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Counseling services will be available in the Planetarium of the Science Center.

We are working with Griffin’s family to determine the best way to honor Griffin’s life. Our community will be affected by this tragedy in many ways. Please continue to keep Griffin’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.


John Swallow