Message from child’s vigil: slow down


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A community gathered Tuesday to honor a little boy, and to rally around his grieving family.

Kaleb Mondale Cook, 7, was hit and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in the 1300 block of West Fifth Street Monday at about 4:30 p.m. The family said they had just given Kaleb the bike that day for doing well in school.

Family, friends and neighbors held a vigil Tuesday where the accident happened, not even a block away from his home.

Lakisha Kidd had a message for all drivers following the tragedy. “The summer time is coming and in the residential areas they need to slow down,” she said. “You need to slow down and look out for these children; they’re on their bikes and they pop out so quickly. You just need to be careful. Slow down. Just take your time.”

The family says Kaleb was not wearing a helmet. Police are still investigating, but say the driver is cooperating.

Vigil for boy hit while riding his bike in Dayton.  (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Vigil for boy hit while riding his bike in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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