‘It affects everyone,’ friends mourn the loss of 4-year-old boy killed in accident at Oklahoma school

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NICHOLS HILLS, Okla. - An Oklahoma community is in mourning after a 4-year-old was hit and killed by a car driven by his father at school on Tuesday.

A father was dropping children off at Christ The King when his 4-year-old son, Quaid Dolan, decided to run back to the car after everyone was out.

Quaid was not in view and his father accidentally hit him.

His schoolmates did the only thing they knew to do after one boy ran inside for help.

Evan said, "He came into the classroom and said that he saw something had happened, and there was a kid that was hurt and he came into the classroom and said, 'We need to pray."

He added, "He also got one of the teachers and they called 911."

A teacher tried to save Quaid with CPR before paramedics got there but nothing could be done.

The child's mother stumbled under the emotional weight of grief and anguish when she learned her 4-year-old didn't survive the accident.

Word soon spread to the rest of the school that the young boy everyone knew as "QT" had passed away.

Evan said, "It was really emotional. Everyone was sad because at our school everyone is just a big family."

He added, "His brothers, they were crying. They were very sad that he was gone."

He leaves behind five older brothers and a younger sister as well as parents, grandparents and other family members.

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Students were allowed to go home if they needed to after the accident.

Catholic support staff members are working to counsel QT's family, friends and teachers.

"Our school is practically one family," Evan said. "If someone dies or if someone is sick, it affects everyone, not just that person's family or that person's friends."

Archdiocese spokesperson Tina Dzurisin says church leaders met with the family immediately after the accident.

Dzurisin said, "They're so absolutely devastated, and I can only imagine what they're going through."

She says she was rattled by early morning phone calls informing her the Dolan family lost their little boy in such an awful way.

She said, "Here in this building, we all gathered and bowed our heads and prayed, and that really is the first reaction we have to something like this."

Many Catholic Church and school leaders across the state are sending their condolences for the family and community.

“It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the painful tragedy that occurred at Christ the King this morning,” The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley said, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. “As an archdiocese, we grieve the loss of Quaid Thomas ‘QT’ Dolan and pray for the peace and comfort of all those who are affected by this sad and unexpected occurrence. My sympathy and concern go out especially to the Dolan family and to the entire Christ the King community in this time of suffering.”

Cris Carter, Ph.D., superintendent of Catholic schools, spoke to the family.

“This is an occasion of great sorrow for all of us,” Carter said. “My heart breaks for the family, whom we love and appreciate so dearly. Our support and prayers are with them and with the school and parish community, even as we grieve alongside them.”

Christ the King pastor Father Rick Stansberry was out-of-town at the time of the accident and has immediately changed his travel plans to be in Oklahoma City.

“The Dolan family are dear to the parish of Christ the King,” Father Stansberry said. “We will walk with them in their grief and do whatever we can to support them through this difficult ordeal.”

Christ The King Catholic School sent this statement:

"We are sorry to inform you of a tragic accident that occurred this am during junior high carpool. A student in full day PreK ran back to his car and was struck. Sadly, the child did not survive. We are awaiting Catholic Charities arrival to assist with any counseling and support and will let you know more details as arrangements are made."

Memorial services have not yet been set for Quaid.

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