Car hits toddler in Fayetteville

October 22, 2008 8:52:13 PM PDT
A 3-year-old boy is recovering at UNC hospitals after being struck by a car.The accident happened as the boy was walking with an adult family member Wednesday afternoon.

It happened on Charmain Street. Eyewitnesses say 3-year-old Terrence Vereen and his family were walking to a daycare up the street when he darted into the street to go to his mother.

"It was hysterical, we didn't see it coming it just happened instantly," relative Natasha McFayden said."His mama was like come on over to this side. We didn't see the other car; she was like come on over this side of the road. All of a sudden he was running across the street."

State troopers say the boy struck the front of an oncoming SUV, which they say was going about 20 miles an hour.

An eyewitness, who asked not to be identified, saw the accident and says there was nothing the driver could do.

"As the vehicle was going down the road the little boy shot out in front of it and glazed the car and knocked him out cold," an eyewitness said.

"He was just lying on the ground. His mama Candice Council ran across the street picked him up and that's when he started hollering and screaming," McFayden said.

No word the boy's condition. State Trooper Ted Harris says no charges will be filed.


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