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Alexis Richardson Remembered as 'Happy, Enthusiastic, and Extremely Caring Girl'

Apr 20, 2016 02:27PM ● By Shannon Antinori

Alexis Richardson (Photo courtesy of GoFundMe fundraising page)

A girl killed in an ATV crash on Ridge Road Tuesday night has been identified as 9-year-old Alexis Richardson of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Sgt. Mike Fisher said Alexis was a passenger on an ATV driven by a 53-year-old man when it left an asphalt path before crashing into a culvert between 135th Street and Plainfield Road. Fisher described the man as an acquaintance of the girl’s mother, and said the two were not blood relatives.

The man was taken to Rush-Copley Hospital, where he was in stable condition with several broken bones Wednesday, Fisher said.

Police said CPR was administered to the girl on the scene before she was airlifted via Life Star helicopter to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she was pronounced dead.

Alexis attended Grande Park Elementary School in Oswego School District 308. She was in the fourth grade. According to School Board President Matt Bauman, a crisis team of counselors will be available at the school for the remainder of the week for teachers and staff. 

Grande Park Principal Beth Wulff sent a letter to parents Wednesday afternoon offering condolences to the Richardson family. 

"(Alexis) will be remembered by everyone who knew her as a happy, enthusiastic, and extremely caring girl," Wulff said. "She went out of her way to make others happy, often by giving compliments. She was truly a bright spot in her classroom."

Meanwhile, Grande Park neighbors are planning a candlelight vigil for Wednesday, April 27, at dusk, and to display ribbons throughout the neighborhood in Alexis' honor.

A GoFundMe fundraising page has also been established in Alexis' name, donations are being accepted here

In Loving Memory Alexis Richardson