Funeral held Saturday for child hit in crosswalk outside of Colorado elementary school

Vale Wolkow, 6, was killed while crossing the street in front of his elementary school. A memorial has been growing in front of the school in the days since the Nov. 5, 2019 crash.
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KKTV) - The family of a kindergartener killed on his way to school says there has been an outpouring of love from the Fort Collins community in the days since his death.

Six-year-old Vale Wolkow was in a crosswalk right outside his school on Tuesday when he was hit by an oncoming SUV. Fort Collins police said the driver stopped at the four-way stop, then moved into the intersection as the little boy was crossing. Vale was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and died several hours later.

Police do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs contributed to the deadly crash.

“Our hearts are with the victim’s family this evening, and words cannot express our sadness,” said Assistant Chief Tim Doran, who oversees the Special Operations Division at FCPS. “We’re working closely with Lopez Elementary and Poudre School District to ensure that support resources are in place for students, families, staff, and anyone else who may have witnessed the incident.”

Anyone with information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-416-2224.

Sister station CBS Denver reports a memorial for Vale is growing outside Lopez Elementary, where he attended.

Vale's grandparents told CBS Denver that some of his organs have been donated to help give life to others.

"A little guy like this continues to live and continue to give,” Vale's grandfather told CBS Denver.

Funeral services began at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins.