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Child hit by vehicle, killed in Cabarrus County

School district officials said school bus was not involved, but no other specifics have been released.
Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 6:16 AM EDT
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CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – A 10-year-old child was hit and killed by a car moments after the child got off a school bus in Cabarrus County.

Cabarrus County school officials and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirmed the accident happened Wednesday afternoon at approximately 3:48 p.m., and the child went to Mount Pleasant Elementary School.

A picture from the scene in the 2500 block of Mount Pleasant Road North from the Rimer Fire Department shows a helicopter was there on the scene.

Officials say the child had gotten off the school bus and was in the driveway. After the bus left, the child attempted to cross the road, possibly to go to a mailbox. The child was struck by a Honda passenger car driven by a man from the Mount Pleasant area.

The child was taken to Atrium Health Northeast, but died later, according to troopers.

The school bus was not involved in the accident, according to officials.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Troopers say once the investigation is complete, the results will be taken to District Attorney’s Office to see if charges will be filed.

“It’s tragic anytime we have the loss of a child,” said Trooper Ned Moultrie, “It’s very unfortunate.”

A crisis response team is on-site at the school. The system issued the following statement Thursday morning:

Cabarrus County Schools is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our student. We offer our sincere condolences to the family and will respect their privacy and dignity during this difficult time.

Our district’s crisis response team is on-site at Mount Pleasant Elementary School with school counselors, social workers, and psychologists available to help students and staff process strong emotional responses.

Cabarrus County Schools

Melissa Lemmonds is a local business owner and she’s helping to coordinate efforts to give support to those affected by the child’s death. 

“We know that in this community everybody is going to come together for this family, for this child, for this school,” Lemmonds said.

“All of us, we said, okay, we’ve got to do something so this family can receive all of this help that everybody is wanting to do, that our community is wanting to do,” Added Tara Crayton.

And the help won’t only be for the victim of the family, but for anyone who may have been on the scene of the accident yesterday, those at the school too…they want to share support to everyone touched by this tragedy.

“Anybody that was impacted by it is receiving all these prayers prayed upon them from the community support,” Crayton added.

A site for donations has been set up at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 1260 N. College St. in Mount Pleasant. Anyone wanting to make any kind of donation can sist the site.

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