LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Friends and family are mourning 16-year-old Liam Gillogly, a Centennial High School student who was hit by a car and killed Saturday afternoon.
According to Metro police, Gillogly was crossing Centennial Center Boulevard at Tropical Parkway, against a do-not-walk pedestrian signal, when he was struck by a 2020 Ford Fusion. He was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Classmates say Gillogly was with his JROTC group, collecting money. Witnesses said it was an unsafe situation, with many kids running into traffic to collect money from cars.
Kim Crisp lives in the area and saw students going between vehicles.
“They’re excited somebody is going to give a donation,” said Crisp. “They go between three lanes and walk up and down the lanes to get the donation. It’s not worth it.”
Freshman student Andrew Pickup was with Gillogly when he was killed. Pickup said many students are grieving. He called Gillogly a brother figure and one of the first people he talked to when school started.
“He brightened up the room whenever he walked in,” said Pickup. “He was always really intelligent, always on task, and I feel like he was a great person.”
Centennial High School had counselors on campus Monday to help students with loss.
Centennial’s principal called Gillogly a superstar.
“He was an amazing leader and role model for our other Centennial Bulldogs,” Keith Wipperman said.
Crisp said she hopes the school changes guidelines for fundraisers that could put students in danger.
“Any single person who gave them money Saturday would probably give them a check or something,” said Crisp. “We don’t ever want this to happen again.”
8NewsNow reached out to the Clark County School District for more information on its safety guidelines for fundraisers but did not get a response by Monday evening.
Gillogly was the 102nd traffic-related fatality in LVMPD’s jurisdiction since the beginning of the year.