School crossing guard Bob Nill, 88, was killed Tuesday after holding two young boys back from a speeding car which failed to stop and struck him (Pictures: Fox4KC) An 88 year-old school crossing guard was hailed a hero after he died while pushing two children out of a car’s path. Bob Nill was struck and killed while patrolling outside Christ the King Catholic School in Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday morning.
He held back two young boys who were about to cross back on seeing a black sedan speeding towards them. Its driver failed to see Nill’s red warning sign and the school’s flashing yellow lights, and drove into Nill, killing him. Top articles 1/5 READ MORE Trans shopper banned from using men’s changing room at M&S The two youngsters who Nill saved ran sobbing into school principal Cathy Fithian’s office, with Fithian rushing outside to discover the crossing guard’s body in the middle of the road.
Photo of police at scene of fatal collision Police believe the driver who struck Nill was distracted, with the crossing guard hailed for his heroism by school principal Cathy Fithian (Picture: Fox4KC) She found his stop sign 20 feet away from Nill’s corpse. Fithian told The Washington Post: ‘I know he had it in his hand. Willie Godbolt’Killer who murdered eight’ glared menacingly at daughter, 12, in court ‘It was right in the center of the road.’ Nill’s needless death has plunged the local community into mourning, with Kansas City Mayor David Alvey thanked him ‘on behalf of our residents for his selfless sacrifice in protecting our children.’ Christ the King also issued a statement to parents asking them ‘to know what Mr Nill is a hero.’
The driver who struck and killed Nill stopped at the scene. They are not believed to have been intoxicated, with police spokesman Jonathon Westbrook saying distracted driving was the most likely cause of the collision. The driver has yet to be named or formally charged. Westbrook refused to say whether the driver was speeding, with witnesses claiming their car was traveling well above the 20mph speed limit.
Former sports coach Nill’s son Bart said his dad had gone to work as a crossing guard after retiring and losing his wife in quick succession, leaving him feeling lonely. Bart added: ‘It was the neatest thing in the world. ‘It got him back on a schedule again, he got to sleep when he was supposed to — but it also allowed him to spend time with children again, because Dad, he just loved kids. ‘You could sense that.’
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I think the driver of the vehicle should be made to work this mans school crossing to make up for their lapse in concentration – by a school – with children crossing – he was wearing bright yellow. So which of these did the driver miss. Take thier licence away for a year and make them work the crossing for a year.
Then maybe they might appreciate the job that these selfless people do. So sorry for the loss of your parent but at least he was doing the job he loved and he saved 2 young lives. A loss of a parent is hard to come to terms with and could take a lifetime to get over if ever. So my thoughts go out to this family and their loss. Reply Share 1 Like If that person was so distracted they missed yellow flashing light (which is very prominent and means you have to go 20mph) and killed a person, what makes you confident they are fit to look after kids crossing the road? Reply Share So your answer to this tragedy is for all the children that knew this nice old man, to now have be crossed over the road, everyday, by the person who killed him. I’m sure that will not cause any futher trauma at all. Reply Share 1 Like TermsPrivacy Add Spot.IM to your site ADVERTISEMENT Must read Children stage mass-walkout after teachers were forced to quit for being gay Both teachers resigned shortly after they got engaged to their same-sex partners. Jeremy Corbyn condemns Boris Johnson for not visiting flood-hit communities The Labour leader also said the prime minister showed his ‘true colours’ by not convening the Government’s emergency committee Cobra.
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