Facing unexpected expenses surrounding the loss of a child, the family of Skyler Lee Kim has set up a fund to accept donations at First National Bank.
Kim, 10, the son of Christine Judson and John Hutson, died Monday after being hit by a pickup truck while crossing Mendenhall Loop Road at Stephen Richards Memorial Drive on his bicycle. He was a fifth-grader at nearby Glacier Valley Elementary School.
Arlene Crumrine, Kim's maternal grandmother, said the memorial fund was set up in her name and Skyler's. She said Kim's cremation cost the family about $2,200.
The family has scheduled a service for 2 p.m. Saturday at Glacier Valley Elementary School, 3400 Tongass Blvd. Crumrine said the event will be "a celebration of Skyler's life." The family planned it for the school because they wanted to find a place where kids would feel comfortable, she said. She said she hopes Saturday's event will help the kids get over the loss.
She said people wanting to send well wishes to the family can send them to her address in care of her daughter, Christine Judson, 5929 Woods St., Juneau, AK, 99801.
The family has been touched by the outpouring of support the community has shown, Crumrine said. A spontaneous memorial that grew at the fatal intersection was a surprise, she said.
Crumrine said she placed flowers in the median at Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Memorial Drive after Monday's accident. Later she got a telephone call from her sister telling her she had to see what had happened at the intersection.
Next to the bus stop, on the sidewalk at the southwest corner, people had neatly left flowers, candles, teddy bears and notes. By Tuesday morning, after students had returned to school, benches had been added to provide a second tier of items left by well-wishers.
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