Boy’s death in freak accident ‘devastating’ to Country Club Hills family
BY EVAN F. MOORE Correspondent July 3, 2014 6:14PM
Pierre McLoyd | Supplied photo
Updated: July 4, 2014 2:09AM
Peter McLoyd was trying Thursday to make sense of the sudden death of his 11-year-old son in a freak accident, but it wasn’t going to happen.
“It’s devastating,” said the Country Club Hills man, a machine operator. “We would have never thought in a million years this would happen. The type of family we have, the way he was brought up, we would never have seen this coming.”
Pierre McLoyd died Wednesday morning after apparently suffering a head injury Saturday night when he fell off a vehicle during a family party in Country Club Hills.
Pierre and other youths were playing in the trunk of a parked vehicle in the 4100 block of Russet Way about 10 p.m. Saturday when the driver told the kids to get off and that he was going to move the vehicle, police said in a release. All of them except Pierre got off, and the driver pulled away. He had only gone a few yards when Pierre fell and hit his head, officials said.
Police determined the incident was an accident and there was no intent to harm the boy, and the driver was not cited or charged, Country Club Hills public safety director William Brown said.
Pierre, of the 4300 block of 190th Place, died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Pierre was a basketball prodigy who played for two AAU teams. Peter McLoyd said Pierre was one of the top fifth-grade players in the area.
“He’s special. He’s an honor roll student. Never got a C. Pierre was loved my many,” McLoyd said.
McLoyd said a close family friend was driving the vehicle from which Pierre fell.
“He’s been at my house a million times. I went to see him off at prom,” McLoyd said. “It was an accident. No hard feelings toward no one. It was just an unfortunate accident.”
Many of Pierre’s neighbors were shocked by his death.
Mary Jones, a retired financial advisor who lives across the street from the McLoyds, said it’s a tough time for everyone in the neighborhood.
“It was shocking. It was sad. I lost a son, so I can relate,” Jones said. “He (Pierre) was always playing basketball. He didn’t bother anybody.”
Damani White, 15, often played basketball with Pierre in the McLoyds’ driveway.
“He loved playing basketball,” White said. “I would call him and say ‘Where you at?’ He would say he was at the gym. That’s all he loved doing. He loved his family.”
Jalen Thomas, 19, a college student who lives two houses down from the McLoyds, said his brothers, Ta’Ron and Donte, often played with Pierre.
“This is surreal. You would think he would be here every day,” Thomas said. “You always heard a basketball dribbling and thought it was Pierre.”
Like most point guards in basketball, Pierre set up his teammates to succeed, and Peter McLoyd said Pierre would be making one more assist: The family was notified by Advocate that a transplant patient was scheduled to receive Pierre’s liver Thursday night.
“My son loved to help people,” McLoyd said.
A memorial service for Pierre is to take place July 11 at Victory Apostolic Church, 20801 Matteson Ave., Matteson.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire