Wadsworth Middle School student struck, killed while riding bike


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The Wadsworth City School District is mourning the loss of a middle school student who died Friday while riding his bike.

Wadsworth Police say James Kennedy, a seventh grader in the district, was riding a bicycle when he was involved in a crash with a van on Silvercreek Road near Longbrooke Drive around 2:30 p.m., shortly after school let out.

The 13-year-old student was pronounced dead at the scene.

We are heartbroken to announce the death of James Kennedy, one of our students at Wadsworth Middle School. We received notice that he died in a tragic accident. The family is requesting privacy during this difficult time. Our Wadsworth Crisis Response Team will have trained crisis counselors available to meet with students and staff, beginning tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wadsworth Middle School, located in the Media Center.

Wadsworth City Schools

The driver of the van remained on scene after the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The district canceled all sporting events, including high school, for the remainder of the day.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.