1 teen killed, 1 injured after being struck by car in Harnett County, officials say
Posted June 28
Lillington, N.C. — A 16-year-old boy died and a 15-year-old girl was injured Monday night after being struck by a car in Harnett County, officials said.
The teenagers were heading back from a friend's house around 9:15 p.m., according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The teens were on Microtower Road about a mile from home when a vehicle driven by Joseph Hardison, 25, of Lillington, passed a slower truck from behind in a marked passing zone and hit the victims.
Authorities said Nasir Everette, of Lillington, was walking on the white line near the shoulder of the road when he was hit and killed. Ariyana Hendon, of Lillington, was riding a bicycle in the middle of the lane—she was not wearing a helmet but was in stable condition when she was taken to the hospital.
A 13-year-old Fayetteville boy was not injured.
David Morrison is close to Everette's family and has two daughters around the same age. He said the crash highlights the importance of being safe when walking on the road - especially for teens.
"I mean, it is a loss for words," he said. "We try to express the dangers of it, especially at night time, but it's dangerous."
The driver who hit the teens was passing a slower vehicle in a marked passing zone, according to investigators.
No charges have been filed at this time, troopers said.