Students, staff grieving over loss of Columbus East junior in hit-and-run

Bartholomew Consolidated Schools say students and staff are grieving after the death yesterday morning of 16-year-old Lily Streeval, a junior at Columbus East High School.

Streeval was trying to cross Gladstone Avenue to get on a school bus yesterday morning when a driver allegedly passed the stopped bus, which had its stop arms extended, hit Streeval and then fled the scene. He was later arrested.

School officials say that secondary school students were onboard the bus at the time of the crash and they are being provided with support from school counselors and staff. At East, an announcement was made to students and staff members during the day and a moment of silence was held. Counselors will be in each of Streeval’s classes to meet with her classmates.

Additionally, ongoing support is being provided to all students and staff members at Columbus East, as well as any other students and staff within our corporation who have been affected by this tragedy.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts said it was a devastating loss. He called Streeval full of life and said Auto Tech had emerged as her favorite class and she was considering a career in that area.