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Cunot mourns a child

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Billy Bottoms
CUNOT -- A Cunot boy who attended Cloverdale Middle School was struck by a car Saturday night and died Sunday night at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital.

William "Billy" Bottoms, 12, was hit by a dark red or maroon car just west of the Cunot Community Center on S.R. 42. He was a sixth-grader at CMS.

Terry Bottoms, Billy's mother, said her son was very outgoing.

"I'll remember all the friends he brought into my life," she said. "If it weren't for him I wouldn't know anyone in this community."

Bottoms said Billy was an organ donor.

"That is something he would want," she said. "He wouldn't have a second thought about saving the life of a stranger."

Bottoms said the Cunot community has been very supportive of their family.

Llona Skadra was a neighbor and family friend of Billy's. She said Billy called her "Mom" because she was like a second mother to him.

Skadra said the last time she saw Billy was last Thursday -- he had stayed home from school because of a previous 4-wheeler accident.

Skadra said Billy had an infectious smile and a personality that couldn't be pulled away from. She described how close their families were.

"I woke up one morning after a good snow and he was at my house at 7 a.m. wanting to make snow cream," Skadra said.

She also talked about when her daughter was a homecoming princess and Billy followed her around the whole day.

"He wouldn't have left her for nothing. He was with her all the time," Skadra said.

Billy attended Cloverdale Middle School. Sonny Stoltz, the principal at the high school and spokesperson for the school district, said that Kathleen Glaser, a counselor at the middle school, developed the plan that the schools follow when a student dies.

"We really stress routine. We learned a long time ago that when you get out of routine it gets harder to think things through," Stoltz said. "At the same time, we are also sensitive to the students' needs, and the needs of faculty. It's a very difficult time for everyone."

Stoltz said students have opportunities to speak with counselors, who are located in rooms near where Billy had classes, and are also given the chance to write essays about their experiences.

Skadra said Billy took part in a lot of what happened at the Cunot Community Center.

"We put on haunted houses and Easter egg hunts and Valentine's Day dances and he volunteered at all of them," she said. "He was a spook at all of my haunted houses."

Skadra said there would be a celebration of life for Billy at the Cunot Community Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, and that center volunteers were hoping to do a fundraiser for the family.

Initially the fundraiser was planned for February, but it may be moved to March.

"Billy's birthday is March 14," Skadra said. "We were thinking it would be better to celebrate him and for the benefit to be on his birthday, because it's so close. Then the family doesn't have to be alone."

The driver who struck Billy Bottoms is still at large after speeding off following the accident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Owen County Sheriff's Office at (812) 829-4874, Ext. 1.

A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Billy Bottoms' death.

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Im so sorry to hear about your son,I pray for your family and hope they find who did this.Brena

-- Posted by brena moulder on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 6:53 PM

Break my heart. So devastating for your family. I'll say a small prayer for all of you.

-- Posted by Lawyerman on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 7:07 PM

I do not know anything about this young man nor the accident. However, I was on the same curvy, dark road Friday between 6 and 7 p.m. I was horrified to come around a curve and see 3 or 4 people (who I assumed to be teenagers by their size) walking abreast in the road.

In the dark with the edges of the road limited by the piles of snow is not a time to be out walking. Worse, the speed limit is 50 mph. I am not asking the speed limit to be changed, but vehicles going 50 mph (I was not due to road conditions) and pedestrians are not a good mix.

-- Posted by sassylass on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 7:18 PM

I feel so bad for this family and i can not imagine how they feel. My prayers are with you.

-- Posted by mikegirl2011 on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 10:38 PM


-- Posted by Michele1953 on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 10:17 AM

I absolutely HATE that road. Especially at night. Very very dangerous. My cousin was in a car wreck on that road also. I have 2 small children and even if I wasnt a mom, I would still have a heavy heart. Its sickening to think of a young life being taken, by someone who doesnt have the decency to stop and see if they are ok. If they were scared, I completely understand, but the boy died and I would think that they would want to give his family some sort of closure by turning themselves in.

-- Posted by logical_mom on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 12:29 AM

SOrry for the loss of your loved one. You will have all my prayers during your time of sorrow.

-- Posted by karma54 on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 11:26 AM

I do hope they find who did this. For somone to hit a little boy, and then speed off like it was nothing, deserve's to get caught. Iam sorry for your loss,and I hope justice is served.

-- Posted by hollynoel on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 10:03 AM

I'm sorry for you loss. I don't know the boy personally but I know a lot of people that do.

I have lived near Poland, IN for 10 years and have had to travel that road a lot to go to school, sports, and everything else (I'm currently 19 years old). I have always seen kids walking on the edge of the road between the Cataract Lake Water Corp tower and 243. Some of the kids will push each other into the road when a car passes, jump in front of the cars, or throw things at them. In my opinion, I think they should make the edge of the road wider or something so people can walk there. Also the kids should know not to jump in front of the vehicle or anything like that but they do anyway...

(not saying the boy did anything of the things I've listed about but there are kids that do it...)

-- Posted by neonlove on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 5:55 PM

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