Johnston boy killed when struck by car outside group home

From staff reportsMarch 11, 2014 

— A 12-year-old resident of a group home for mentally impaired kids was struck and killed in front of the home on Monday night.

Kahlil Todd was outside the home on 1521 Ranch Road when he was struck by a 2008 Honda Accord near Wellons Road, just south of Clayton, according to the State Highway Patrol. The accident took place about 8:20 p.m.

“It’s terrible,” said home manager Stephen Carl, manager of the Lighthouse Residential Treatment Facility. Carl had worked closely with Kahlil and said he was not prone to wandering away from the house.

The Lighthouse is set back off the road on a small hill and is home to several mentally impaired youth. Its residents have been affected by mental health problems and substance abuse.

In a statement, Lighthouse management said, “The board of directors and staff of The Lighthouse are truly saddened by this tragic accident and we are keeping his family in our prayers.”

The group home’s managers will say no more about the incident and are conducting an internal investigation.

State Highway Patrol investigators were trying to figure out why Kahlil was hit by the car. The Highway Patrol said neither speed nor alcohol contributed to the accident, and the driver of the car, Brian Session, 24, of Robin Lane in Clayton, has not been cited.


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