Mother warns parents about costume dangers after her son is killed

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Updated: 10/31/2012 5:31 pm Published: 10/31/2012 7:19 am

A community is in mourning after a 7-year-old boy is hit and killed while on his way to school.

Elijah Rivers was wearing a Halloween costume when he stepped off the sidewalk and onto the street near Virgin and North Harvard around 7 on Wednesday morning.

His mother, Kesha Rivers, is heartbroken and now left without her only son.

She says Elijah was excited to be a pirate for Halloween and couldn’t wait to show his classmates his costume. Right now, it’s not clear how fast the driver that hit him was going, but the woman told police it was still dark and she didn’t see the little boy at all.

Experts say it’s so important before you send your children out the door tonight – to make sure they have on reflective tape or carry a flashlight with them.
"I looked out my window and saw the fire trucks and police cars and the ambulances, and I saw them pick up a little child off of the street and I knew something bad had happened,” says neighbor, Ashley Wheeler.

Kesha says she got the news from another neighbor that told her that her only son had been killed.

"My child's belongings were a little ways down from him, and he was lying lifeless on the ground,” says Rivers.

The family tells FOX23 that Elijah was full of life and was always making others feel better about themselves.

"He had a lot of character to him and he liked to play and joke around, and he could put a smile on your face if you were down,” says Rivers.

Although it’s unclear if it would have made a difference in this case, there are things you can do right now to make sure your children are as visible as possible when they head out to trick or treat.

"I think this morning does indicate that you think your child will be safe, but I would prepare them the other way in case there is a problem and I would light them up,” says Ehrles Party Supply owner, Floyd Hannah.

There are several ways you can do this including using reflective tape on your child’s costume or trick or treat bucket. It’s also a good idea to have them carry a flashlight or glow stick. Another option is attaching a kid’s safety light to their costume so that drivers can spot them quickly.

Right now, funeral arrangements are still pending for Elijah. He attended Lighthouse Charter School. There are grief counselors on hand to help the children and the staff.

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tam4009 - 11/5/2012 1:05 AM
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My heart aches for this family. ALL of Tulsa needs to be more careful in their cars...everyday I get in the care I am almost in an accident because of crazy drivers and people not paying attention. Not blaming the driver in this case because I wasn't there...and I can't imagine how she must feel sad that this happened though.

Tired - 11/1/2012 8:12 PM
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This is sad for everyone including the driver. Some things are just unavoidable. Very sad.

jlu1980 - 11/1/2012 7:05 PM
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My middle son catches the bus for KIPP at Clinton, and although I did not know Elijah, my son and I have seen him from time to time up there waiting for his bus. My son said he looked familier to him. It is sad and drivers do need to slow down. I was walking my son to the bus one day and a school bus flew right past us speeding clearly. My son was aren't you glad I am not on that bus mom? I hope this does not happen again and as sad as it is, I hope he did not feel any pain.

Mommaof2 - 11/1/2012 12:00 PM
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This saddens me i passed this yesterday morning, as my daughter goes to celia cliton. If you cant see while driving in day or night should you really be driving? I can see when i drive i dont understand why they blame it on being dark, its not like you dont have head lights. It was a school day with a school just blocks away. Very upsetting to me!! My prayers are with the family in this time of need! Rest In Peace Baby

ShemekaRoberts - 11/1/2012 10:07 AM
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Elijah you were a sweetheart and you put a smile on everyones faces at the North Mabee you were a great basketball and football player just Tuesday you were on the football field playing your little heart out and now your in heaven putting smiles on everyones faces up there you will be truly missed and this is from everyone at the North Mabee we love you and will always remember you. You're our little angel watching over us now

Unwashed Mass - 11/1/2012 10:06 AM
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Just because there are streetlights dosesnt mean people can actually see anything. Tulsa has some of the worst.

kkz966 - 10/31/2012 12:11 PM
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So sad. It upsets me to know that there was a 12 year old sister standing with him. The driver should have seen the older child and paid extra attention for other children. You have to be defensive and expect that a child may run out in front of you, no matter how hard parents try to teach them not to. And it also upsets me that they are blaming a dark colored halloween outfit. I just pray this little girl can get past this eventually and be able to live a normal life. Prays are for this family.

tiredbeingsad - 10/31/2012 9:18 AM
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This is terrible! How very sad for everyone involved. :(
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