13-year-old boy airlifted after being hit by car

Published 9:15 pm Monday, October 24, 2016

By Josh Bergeron


SALISBURY — A 13-year-old boy was airlifted with serious injuries after being struck by a car on Monday evening.

The child, whose name wasn’t released, received an “injury to the leg, laceration to the torso and a possible head injury,” said Salisbury Police Department spokeswoman Melonie Thompson. At the time of the accident, the injured boy was walking with a group of friends on Harrison Road near the Food Lion Warehouse.

The accident occurred south of Harrison Road’s intersection with Independence Drive.

Thompson said members of the group had skateboards, but it’s not clear whether the injured boy was riding a skateboard at the time of the accident. The vehicle that hit the child was a gold Buick LeSabre, she said.

Because the accident was still under investigation late Monday, Thompson said she wasn’t able to release additional information.

Jacquez Kelly, who lives near where the accident occurred, said he was a member of the group walking with the injured boy. Kelly said the boy was carrying his skateboard at his side as the group was walking down the road.

Kelly said a car that was driving quickly down Harrison Road didn’t swerve or blow its horn before striking the boy.

As soon as the group walking with the injured boy saw the accident, they called 911, Kelly said.

The injured boy was airlifted from the parking lot of the Food Lion Warehouse. According to emergency radio communications, he was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, but that could not be confirmed Monday night.

Kelly said it’s relatively common to see cars speeding down Harrison Road.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.