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Witnesses speak out about teen and toddler hit by car

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators say Friday evening two girls ran a stop sign while riding a child’s toy motorbike. Now those nearby tell us what they heard and saw that night.

Witnesses, who did not want to go on camera, say Friday around 6 p.m. they heard a loud bang, followed by screams and several sirens near 8th and Campbell Streets, and they rushed outside to see what happened.

“I heard a loud boom,” neighbor Terrell Askew said. “It sounded like something hit something. But I thought it was them, and them playing so I paid no attention until I heard all the fire trucks and all the people screaming.”

“Just a loud smack, metal on metal,” another neighbor, Mark Bryant explained. “And immediately when you heard it you knew that something had just happened that probably was going to be not good.”

When they stepped outside to see what the noise was all about, they were met with a frightening sight.

“Horrific,” Bryant said. “I mean if you see legs hanging out from under a car and a frantic driver, obviously that’s something that raises concern.”

Investigators say two girls, a 2-year-old and a 14-year-old, ran a stop sign while riding a pink child’s toy motorbike.

Bryant says it only took responders minutes to arrive, but getting the trapped teen out took responders extra time.

“It took less than 20 minutes for them to lift the vehicle and get the 14-year-old girl out,” Bryant explained. “They were able to get the small child out immediately.”

Both girls were taken to the hospital. There is no word yet on their conditions.

Parents who live nearby say they will be keeping a closer eye on their kids.

“I have to walk across the street with a grown-up,” Ravyion Cook said about his parent’s new rules.

And kids say this has taught them some very important lessons.

“Everybody should be careful when they cross the street,” D-Cory Shellman said.

There is no word yet if charges will be filed against the driver.

Those who live near the where the accident happened are asking people to slow down, and pay attention.


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