Students from Addison Trail High School stood proudly in their caps and gowns exchanging smiles Sunday as they celebrated their graduation.
But many went through the ceremony filled with concern for a classmate critically injured in Chicago just hours before he was to take part in graduation ceremonies.
Dylan Domek, 19, of Addison was struck by a car early Sunday morning while attempting to walk across Lake Shore Drive, authorities said. Chicago police said he was trying to cross in the 1300 block of Lake Shore Drive, near Division Street, when he was hit by a northbound BMW at about 12:05 a.m.
Police said Domek, who was with a group of people, suffered injuries to his head and legs, He was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed Sunday evening in critical condition, according to a hospital official.
Domek was a member of the Addison Trail football team, a linebacker considered one of the leaders on the team. He was not mentioned during the graduation ceremony, but one of his teammates, Nathan Biewer, said the school principal made some remarks to students prior to the ceremony.
Biewer said some of his close friends were visibly affected.
"You could see on their faces that they were really concerned for him," he said.
Biewer expressed sympathy for Domek's having his "graduation taken away from him" and not being able to walk across the stage Sunday. "It was rough, because we have all come so far."
Domek's football coach, Paul Parpet, who is on vacation with his family in Hawaii, shared his players' concerns, saying "I'm very upset I'm not able to be around to support the family."
School officials declined to comment.
No citations or charges had been filed as of late Sunday, police said.