Friends of Darrell Jent, known as DJ, who went to visit him at his bedside at WakeMed on Tuesday told ABC11 that he was on a ventilator and would not survive.
DJ had been walking to Mitchell's Food Mart just before 6 p.m. Monday when troopers said the SUV went off the road, striking the teen and sending him into the ditch before slamming into a car parked at the gas pump and another vacant truck in the parking lot.
Friends and family say 16-yr-old Darrell Jent, known as DJ, is on life support tonight and likely will not survive after an SUV hit him while he was walking along Hwy 96 from his home to a convenience store in Zebulon around 6pm Monday.— Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) February 22, 2022
📷: Lucas Blackley pic.twitter.com/QX80u7QRgR
Troopers said the driver behind the wheel of the first parked car was treated for minor injuries while the driver of the Tahoe was able to walk away unscathed.
Lucas Blackley, a longtime friend of Jent, said his dad saw him walking to the food mart Monday night and tried offering him a ride.
"He saw him walking and he stopped, he was yelling for him, 'DJ', and he was gonna take him to wherever he was going and he never heard him; AirPods, you know, listening to music," said Blackley.
Blackley described seeing his best friend in the hospital.
Friends of 16-yr-old Rolesville High School student hit by car while walking on Hwy 96 in Zebulon on Monday tell me they just came from @WakeMed where he is still on a ventilator. That car went on to crash into two cars at a gas station. Awaiting update from @NCSHP pic.twitter.com/5PtMTv6wip— Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) February 22, 2022
"We went in the room and it was hard to handle seeing him like that," he said. "Just wanted to see him breathing one more time I guess."
Blackley said he and Jent share the same birthday, March 13, and were planning to celebrate it together this year as they always have.
The crash was caught on video. The NCSHP said it is are discussing possible charges with the Wake County District Attorney.