- December 3, 2019
Connor Allen, 8, a Belle Terre Elementary School third-grader, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, after being struck by a drag-style race car that his grandfather Roland J. Robidoux, 73, of Edgewater, was pulling into the garage at 333 West Marion Ave., Edgewater, according to a press release from the Edgewater Police Department.
Edgewater Police responded to the motor vehicle crash at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 2. The release states Connor was pronounced dead upon arrival of first responders. Edgewater Police are actively investigating the incident.
Principal Dr. Terence Culver shared the following message on the BTES Facebook page following the death:
"Good afternoon, families. This is Dr. Terence Culver from Belle Terre Elementary School.
This is a very sad day for the students, faculty and colleagues of the Bobcat family. Our staff and students are saddened by the news of the death of one of our students, Connor Allen, in Mrs. O'Donnell's third-grade class, last night, following a tragic accident.
To provide support to our students and staff, we have the district’s Crisis Response Team assisting our counselors in helping the students cope with this tragedy. We will have extra staff on campus as long as it is needed.
We appreciate the outpouring of help we have received during this very difficult time. We also ask that parents take time to talk with their children and understand the grieving process is different for different people. If you have concerns about your child’s reaction to this loss, feel free to reach out to us here at Belle Terre.
We appreciate the outpouring of help we have received; donations or items for the family may be brought to the school between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. We will ensure they are delivered to the home.
I am reminded again how very precious each student, staff member and BTES family is at this time. Thank you for your understanding, and we love each of you."