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Driver found guilty of hitting, killing brothers

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A Mecklenburg County jury found a Sears delivery truck driver guilty of killing two boys in west Charlotte last year.

Dirk Brown, 33, was on trial for the deaths of 1 year old Jeremy Brewton and 5 year old Kadrien Pendergrass.

Brown was driving his work truck last February when he hit the boys in West Charlotte. Brown is charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. The boys were walking to school along the road. There was no sidewalk for the children to walk on.

"He should have seen them," Prosecutor Ben Royster said. "As he was driving down the street."

As the guilty verdict was read Brown's family reacted by crying while the boys' parents wiped away their tears.

The boys' great-grandmother believes justice was served and sympathizes with Brown's family.

"He didn't do it deliberately," Great Grandmother Mary Berry said. "And I hate for him to be taken away from his family because nothing we say or do can bring those children back."

Brown's defense tried several times to have the case dismissed saying there is not enough evidence to convict. The judge denied those requests.
 
The prosecution tried to paint Brown as not paying attention, rushing to get to work and on his cell phone at the time of the accident. Brown denied those claims.

In the courtroom on Thursday the Medical Examiner showed autopsy photos of the children. The mother cried as family members consoled her.

Also on Thursday the truck driver took the stand. He told he side of the story and expressed his emotion after he found the boys died.

"I'm still hurt," Brown said. "It was an accident. I am hurt about the whole thing."

After court on Friday, the parents say they hope this incident will speed up the process to get sidewalks in their neighborhood. Sidewalks are not scheduled to go where the accident happened until 2015.

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