15-year-old pedestrian hit, killed in Dearborn County

15-year-old pedestrian hit, killed in Dearborn County

DOVER, Ind. (FOX19) - A 15-year-old died Saturday after being hit by a vehicle, the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office says.

Joshua Welsh, of Guilford, was hit by an SUV in the 25000 block of State Route One in Dover Saturday.

The sheriff’s office says a 55-year-old woman was driving north when Welsh ran from the west side of the road directly into her SUV’s path.

Welsh was taken by Air Care to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The sheriff’s office has not said whether the woman driving will face charges.

A priest at the church Welsh attended says Joshua was walking back to his house after putting mail in the church mailbox when he was hit.

“We believe that most likely, he quickly turned around and ran across the street not looking. And that’s when he was hit,” Pastor Jonathan Meyer of All Saints Parish said.

Another priest happened to be visiting Joshua’s home at the time and was able to give him last rites.

Meyer says Joshua’s mother and a close family friend were home at the time.

“It was a great blessing in that sense. A comfort to them," he said.

Meyer says Joshua was very involved in the church. He was an altar server and served on mission trips.

“Josh was a boy who lived life in a beautiful way. He loved to read. He was constantly reading books," he said.

As Joshua’s family grieves, Meyer asks for prayers not only for them, but his community.

“This parish was his family. They were his bedrock," he said.

All Saints Parish posted the funeral arrangements for Welsh on their Facebook page Monday night.

Welsh’s visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and his Holy Mass will be held Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

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