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8-year-old boy hit by vehicle in southeast Raleigh dies

Posted July 30

— An 8-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle in southeast Raleigh on Monday morning died early Wednesday from his injuries, according to officials at WakeMed.

Investigators say Jahlen Williams was crossing Rock Quarry Road with an adult when he was struck by a vehicle.

Jahlen was a short distance from the Cross Link Road intersection but was not in a marked crosswalk.

Police released a 911 call following the incident, and an unidentified woman told a dispatcher that people were trying to help Jahlen.

"We've got probably eight people calling from this same wreck," she said. "We're trying to do CPR on him, but I don't think it's going to work."

No other information about the incident has been released. No charges have been filed.

Jahlen's family has established a fund to accept donations towards funeral expenses.

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  • Pumpkin Jul 30, 4:35 p.m.

    Praying for the family. RIP Jahlen. Also, praying for the driver. This will be something they will never forget.

  • sweetlyght Jul 30, 1:33 p.m.

    We need more crosswalks in high traffic areas. You have to walk quite a ways to get to cross walks in those areas. It's not very pedestrian friendly considering the amunt of housing they have in the area. It's something that should be worked on. Where there are bus stops, crosswalks should be near by. Where there are sidewalks with shopping across the street, there should be cross walks nearby. If you have to chose between adding 20 minutes to your walk or J-walking, people J-walk. It's dangerous. Some of these areas already have traffice lights, but no crosswalk. It would be so easy to address, and these conditions are rampant across the county.

  • PJM Jul 30, 11:31 a.m.

    There is a police sub station right in that shopping center, you would think there would be more police presence to protect and serve the neighborhoods there but its not. People are always in a rush, yielding to stop signs, etc...

    Bless his little soul! My sympathies to the family!

  • kgtvzw Jul 30, 11:06 a.m.

    God Bless and rest in peace little Jahlen.

  • Taxpayingcitizen Jul 30, 9:44 a.m.

    My 40 year old brother was hit and killed by a drunk hit and run driver on July 19 and I am devastated. I cannot even imagine what it would feel like to lose an 8-year old child. My most heartfelt condolences to all involved in this senseless tragedy...

  • serenitynow Jul 30, 8:54 a.m.

    Praying for the Family today and years to come. 30 years ago today my twin (we were 7) was hit by a car and died.

  • LovemyPirates Jul 30, 8:39 a.m.

    Sad for all involved.

  • jwsawyer Jul 30, 8:37 a.m.

    This is sad. Keeping the family in prayers. I wish at every busy intersection where there is a lot of traffic, apartments, and shopping the city could build an overpass walkway. If we look in the pass 10 years there has been quite a few people who have died at busy intersections where there is a shopping center across the street.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/share/page/1896337/?id=13851836#FQGlZHzS5DtscLqK.99

    It is actually very simple. You look to your right, you look to your left. If a vehicle is coming - don't walk out into the street.

  • HomeBrewDude Jul 30, 8:25 a.m.

    Let's all take a moment to pray for strength for this family and the driver of this vehicle. I cannot imagine the guilt .

  • Tarheel Takeover Jul 30, 8:19 a.m.

    This is sad. Keeping the family in prayers. I wish at every busy intersection where there is a lot of traffic, apartments, and shopping the city could build an overpass walkway. If we look in the pass 10 years there has been quite a few people who have died at busy intersections where there is a shopping center across the street.