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7-year-old hit, killed in Franklin County; driver charged with DWI

Posted January 17

— A 7-year-old died Monday night in a crash on Darius Pearce Road, officials said.

Ronnie Tanner Vick, of Youngsville, was walking west in the roadway just before 9 p.m., according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Alix Feild, 29, of Youngsville, was driving a 1997 Buick in the same direction when Vick was hit.

After hitting the child, Feild continued down the road, leaving the scene before officers arrived, officials said.

Vick died at the scene.

Troopers located Feild a short time later at a "short distance" down the road.

Vick had autism and played baseball for the Miracle League of Franklin County.

A neighbor said his mother had gone to the bathroom and when she left the room she noticed the front door was open. Neighbors began to search for the child, but he made it about a mile up the road.

"It is just a horribly sad situation. It's tragic," said Jerry Hammack, who lives nearby. "As a parent you do everything you possibly can do to protect your children and even doing that, things can happen."

Neighbors and friends said they are shaken to the core by the tragedy. They are now praying for the Vick family.

"It is something like that you don't know what to say. It's a very, very, very sad situation," said Lee Pendleton, who lives near the Vick family.

Vick was a student at Bunn Elementary School, according to Franklin County Schools officials.

“The loss of any student – especially a young child – is unfathomably difficult," said Patrick Glace, Director of Communications for Franklin County Schools. "As a district, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vick family and we will continue to do everything we can to support them and our school community."

The school has made guidance counselors available for students.

Authorities said Feild was charged with DWI in connection with Monday's crash. She was being held on a $5,000 secured bond.

Feild has several previous convictions, including injury to personal property and battery to an unborn child.


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  • Mary Meadows Jan 18, 2017
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    I should have known the story would be updated to reflect the driver was impaired - thus explaining why they didn't stop to render aid for what initially appeared to be just a horrible accident.

  • Marie Brandsdorfer Jan 18, 2017
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    Having an autistic child myself they can dissappear so fast, my loving prayers are with the family .

    I just cannot understand why repeat offenders keep getting out of jail and they keep repeating the same crime.
    They should put these people under the jail.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 17, 2017
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    The driver has previous convictions and the bond is that low?? Smh

  • Mary James Jan 17, 2017
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    Why is the bond set so low for someone that hit a child, fled the scene, & was drunk? She should be locked up, no bond. Irresponsible monster.

  • Andy Jackson Jan 17, 2017
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    Indeed. That is way overdue!! Regardless of high priced defense attorneys, a mandatory minimum is a must to begin to send a message that this is not acceptable.

  • Andy Jackson Jan 17, 2017
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    My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family of this precious child. May the drunk driver get the harshest penalties allowable by law for not stopping. Any future excuse of "not knowing that I hit anything" is not acceptable. God bless this precious child.

  • Jeff Freuler Jan 17, 2017
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    Sad for both sides. Child walking in the road at 9pm at night and the driver being impaired.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 17, 2017
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    (The specific information about the child was not in the original article published this morning ) This is a tragedy for all involved. The fact that the driver was drunk and didn't stop immediately is unconscionable. I'm sure panic/fear were major factors in her not stopping, but it makes me wonder if there was anyway he could have been saved if she had the done the humane thing and at least called 911.
    God rest his little soul. Prayers for the families of the poor little one and the driver. These lives are forever changed by this bad decision to drink and drive.

  • Benjamin Kite Jan 17, 2017
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    NC needs a mandatory minimum for HIT AND RUN.

  • Jim Dunn Jan 17, 2017
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    Sara, At 11:30 am there was no mention of autism or the parents. Just a 7 year old child on the road.