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‘Incredibly energetic’: Belleville teenager riding his bicycle killed after car struck him

A Belleville teenager was killed Sunday when he was hit on his bicycle by a car.

Express your condolences to the family of Cameron Curran.

The St. Clair County Coroner’s Office reported that 16-year-old Cameron Curran was pronounced dead at 8:13 p.m. soon after he was hit in the 6500 block of Old St. Louis Road in Belleville.

Police were called to the scene at 7:31 p.m. According to Illinois State Police, the teen was hit from behind. No criminal charges have been issued to the driver.

Curran was a new student this year at Belleville West High School. Principal Rich Mertens said the 16-year-old was well liked by students and faculty.

“He was a nice young man who got along with his peers, and he was liked by his teachers,” Mertens said.

One of the things that stood out to me was in one of his essays, he wrote that he wanted to be a conservationist and that was really unique to me. My hope is we can honor his memory by being good to the environment.

Nick Johnson, Belleville West English teacher, remembers Cameron Curran

Nick Johnson, Curran’s English teacher, was shocked to learn one of the students he had just met a few weeks ago had been killed.

“He was new to the school, and he was just getting to know people here,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he will remember Curran as “incredibly energetic” and for his passion for the environment.

“He definitely stands out,” he said. “One of the things that stood out to me was in one of his essays, he wrote that he wanted to be a conservationist and that was really unique to me. My hope is we can honor his memory by being good to the environment.

“He will definitely be missed.”

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