05/03/13 — Child hit by car on Mount Olive street

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Child hit by car on Mount Olive street

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 3, 2013 1:46 PM

MOUNT OLIVE -- A car struck a 10-year-old child on Breazeale Avenue in Mount Olive just before 10 p.m. Thursday, tossing the victim 30 feet from the point of impact.

According to a Mount Olive Police Department report, Almeta Robinson Darden, 60, of 1005 Genoa Road, was traveling north on Breazeale Avenue from Kornegay Street when she hit Jacob Kadaries from behind.

MOPD Officer Alex Benton reported that the child was walking in the northbound lane and Ms. Darden did not see him until the last minute. Kadaries tried running to the right to get out of the way of the vehicle, but Ms. Darden slammed on the breaks and swerved to the right in an effort to avoid hitting him. The two collided.

Officials with Wayne Memorial Hospital, where the report indicated the victim was taken, said they had no information on any such patient.

Ms. Darden was not cited in the wreck because the pedestrian was listed as having been inattentive.

Detective Sgt. C.J. Weaver said this was a common practice in incidents such as this.

"Unlike the (N.C. State) Highway Patrol, we don't automatically issue citations at every wreck. Down here, we leave it up to the officer's discretion."