Elburn resident requests ordinance to honor fallen teen

By on May 31, 2013

ELBURN—Elburn resident Ron Rosecky made a heartfelt request to the Village Board on Tuesday to create an ordinance that would ban or discourage skateboarding or rollerblading on village streets with a steep incline. Rosecky was a neighbor and a friend to 13-year-old Caitlyn Phillips, who was killed on April 26 after she could not stop herself while skating down East Reader Street and collided with
an oncoming car.

A seventh-grade student at Kaneland Harter Middle School, Caitlyn was in-line skating on the steep incline where East Reader Street intersects with North Third Street. She entered the intersection and collided with a car traveling north on North Third Street.

“I knew Caity, and knew her well,” Rosecky said. “She was the darling of our neighborhood and was loved by anyone who ever met her. Her twinkling eyes and beautiful smile warmed every heart she ever touched.”

Rosecky said he knew that Caity would want her death to create something beneficial to others.

“In the coming years, if one life is saved or one child is taught the dangers of unseen or unanticipated occurrences such as hers, such an ordinance would be invaluable,” he said.

Rosecky emphasized that no one was to blame for Caity’s death. He said that children often are fearless and feel invincible.

“By passing this ordinance, you have the power to make her death meaningful to other children’s safety,” he said to the board.