Classmates Remember Riddick Tudor

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — No charges have been filed in the death of a Campbell Elementary School student struck by a driver Monday. Three students and two staff were accidentally hit by a car, and the other four are expected to make a full recovery.

Riddick Tudor, 10, was a fifth-grader at Campbell, and as KOLR10 learned Tuesday, he’s already greatly missed.

“He was my best friend and I miss him,” classmate Malachi Brennfoerder said.

Dazavier Moyer couldn’t agree more.

“Whenever someone got down, he picked them up,” he said.

Tuesday, his best friends are hoping to pick him up by placing flowers on the fence where he was hit. Principal John Mott remembers his smile.

“He was an amazing kid that any teacher would love to have, that any principal would love to have,” Mott said.

Class had just been released for the day, when a driver, reportedly having a medical emergency accidentally hit him. KOLR10 learned from the Department of Revenue Tuesday, that the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. Instead, he had a non-driver’s license.

Word travels fast when your best friends are involved.

“He had no license and he hit my friend Riddick,” Brennfoerder said.

He had been caught driving without a valid license in 2015. At that time he was also charged with driving while intoxicated and violating a traffic light. Police said Monday he did not appear to be impaired at the time of the accident.

“I care for all the kids like they’re my own, so to me he’s just like my child,” Mary Brennfoerder said.

Mott added, “A lot of our children have never experienced any kind of situations with death.”
    
That’s why the school immediately began its crisis procedure, and had counselors on-site for students Tuesday.

“The students were naturally very shook up, we’re a very small school, so the children have strong relationships with each other,” Mott said.

Moyer took a different route home Tuesday, because his partner, gained his wings.

“We usually always ride bikes home,” Moyer said.

Brennfoerder recognizes Tuesday is different.

“He’s in heaven now,” Brennfoerder said.

KOLR10 is not naming the driver in the accident because no charges have been filed in this case. The principal said there is no official memorial service or funeral for Tudor planned yet.
   

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