A week ago, Kameron Allison was wrapping up his season on the Herscher High School freshmen baseball team.
His coach, Dan Mullin, remembers the third basemen and outfielder as "always wanting to be the best at what he did."
"When he wasn't, he was hard on himself," Mullin said Monday hours after the 15-year-old was killed and his 16-year-old brother, Kyuss, seriously hurt in a two-vehicle accident in western Kankakee County Sunday night.
"He wanted to be noticed on the field and was one of the loudest kids on the team," Mullin said. "He was an all-around great kid, a one-of-a-kind kid with a great attitude. I'm at a loss for words."
Kyuss, a sophomore at Herscher, was driving them home to Reddick where they live with their mother. They had been visiting their dad in Bourbonnais.
They were driving west on Illinois Route 17 when, police say, Carmella S. Larson, of St. Anne, blew a stop sign headed south on North 19000W Road and crashed into the side of the Allison vehicle.
It was around 9:49 p.m.
Kameron was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner Bob Gessner said he is waiting on toxicology reports before releasing a cause of death. Kameron had to be cut from the vehicle.
Kyuss was airlifted to Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn. State police said this morning he was in stable condition. The hospital does not release patient information on those younger than 18.
Illinois State Police have charged Larson with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield. Further charges are pending. Her first court appearance is June 27.
Larson and a passenger, Nathan Lockhart, 32, of St. Anne, were taken to local hospitals. They also were wearing seatbelts.