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8-year-old boy struck by vehicle in Raleigh

Posted July 28, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014

An 8-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle in Raleigh on July 28, 2014, according to police.

— An 8-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle in Raleigh on Monday morning, and he was taken to WakeMed with life-threatening injuries.

Police initially said the boy was 6 years old, but later corrected his age.

Investigators say Jahlen Williams was crossing Rock Quarry Road with an adult when he was struck by a vehicle. He was a short distance from the Cross Link Road intersection but was not in a marked crosswalk.

Police did not release the adult's name or say how the adult knows Jahlen, who was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning.

Police released a 911 call made from the scene. On the recording, an unidentified woman tells a dispatcher that the boy has been struck and that people are trying to help him.

"We’ve got probably eight people calling from this same wreck," she said. "The child looks to be about 5 years old. We’re going to try to do CPR on him, but I don’t think it’s going to work."

No other information was released, and no charges have been filed.


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  • junkmail001 Jul 30, 2014

    Sad news, Jahlen has passed. Please pray for his family.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jul 29, 2014
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    poor kid, too young to know the rules that the adult caring for him should have been aware of. So dangerous; this happens everywhere on busy streets and I cringe every time I see people in the turn lanes waiting to cross several lanes of traffic. Hoping the boys pulls through.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 28, 2014

    "crossing Rock Quarry Road with an adult"

    What on earth!!!

    Prayers for the wee one, regardless. C'mon little guy, pull through and show us a miracle.

  • Mike Kallam Jul 28, 2014
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    This is a terible accident and is just a reminder of what goes on in this city every day. I am in sales and travel the streets throughout the day and the number of people jaywalking on major streets is out of control. Officials should impose some serious fines for people who refuse to use an official crossing and put themselves and motorist in danger.

  • Matt Wood Jul 28, 2014
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    Capital Blvd is the same way.

  • texasncgirl Jul 28, 2014

    I live in this area. People have a complete and utter disregard for any other driver and people walking. The people WALKING have a complete and utter disregard for CARS! Nobody uses the crosswalk, and, instead, weaves in and out through traffic. This includes mothers dragging their kids through active traffic. I swear it's like a Bermuda triangle there because EVERYONE makes left hand turns from right hand lanes and vice versa and nobody's turning signal works either. It's very odd. I cannot wait to move away from this area. I hope the boy is ok.

  • EricaSliver Jul 28, 2014

    I hope he's going to be ok

  • 678devilish Jul 28, 2014

    Praying that each day the young man will have good improvements.

  • Bill of Rights Jul 28, 2014

    I hope this boy makes a full recovery. What terrible news.

  • trianglerelic Jul 28, 2014

    Wow, those are busy looking streets for a 6 year old to be crossing... I hope he wasn't alone. I see people, including kids crossing the most busy parts of Capital Blvd against the crosswalk lights. I've seen them do it right in front of police cars and they don't get as much as a warning or dirty look... Maybe it's time to start handing out fines to remind folks that there are rules to crossing roads.