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Authorities: Child on bike hit by truck; driver won't face charges

Posted May 30, 2012
Updated May 31, 2012

— A 7-year-old child hit by a pickup truck while riding on Powhatan Road in Johnston County Wednesday afternoon was trying to make a left turn when he was hit, the state Highway Patrol said Thursday. 

The wreck happened around 5 p.m. near the intersection with Glen Laurel Road, southeast of Clayton. 

According to authorities, Daniel Brito, of Clayton, was in critical condition Thursday morning at WakeMed in Raleigh. 

The driver of the 2004 GMC, 38-year-old Lester Mir, of Clayton, will not face charges in the incident, authorities said. An initial investigation determined that alcohol and speed were not factors in the wreck. 

No other information was available.


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  • rwilkerson2098 Jun 1, 2012

    He has not passed away. He is still alive. I don't know where this rumor is coming from but it's not true. Yes, the outlook is grim but the young boy is still fighting for his life.

  • redsox May 31, 2012

    And the sad part is...he didn't make it. He passed away. So please don't point fingers at anyone. The driver and the family of this 1st grader are going through a kind of H*ll that most of us...luckily...will NEVER experience. So let's show them support instead of accusing them.

  • ncangel27 May 31, 2012

    Why "blame" anyone right now- The driver certainly did not hit a 7 year old on purpose and I am sure the parents did not tell him to go riding in the street. How many of us tell our childeren NOT to do something and still have to yell at them for doing it anyway.. This little boy was in my sons school and grade. We got the call from the school this morning and my heart goes out to the family and the classmates. When my 7 year old gets off the bus today I have to have to console him as to why his classmate had to die. To search for blame is poor taste right now.

  • rroadrunner99 May 31, 2012

    I hope that both of these people will recover from this accident. The bike rider as well as the automobile driver. Also both of their families. I know neither on them will never forget it.I know accident's can happen in a heartbeat. But it can take a lifetime to ever recover from them.

  • nashville May 31, 2012

    Was something in my first post deemed offensive?

  • Gnathostomata May 31, 2012

    "...you should simply choke yourself right now and save the rest of us the trouble." look deeper

    Now that is what I call negative; the inset picture shows a curve at an intersection, and the article says the kid was turning left from Powatan, so I think maybe he turned into the truck's lane. If the inset is set North/South the truck was going west at 5pm, the sun was probably a factor, didn't say how the other traffic was/wasn't a factor, so I am not able to accuse the driver of any wrong here. It was an accident no fault of the driver. Yeah, driving is a conscience act but even doing everything right accidents can and do happen. I drive and do not expect traffic from the other lane to turn in front of me, but sometimes people misjudge the time/space thing and I have to hit brakes hard and hope the tailgater behind me is paying attention. This article did not give all of the traffic report, only the outcome. Lighten up on the driver...

  • JC62880 May 31, 2012

    Look deeper: This did happen to me. I feel for Mr. Mir. Being someone who has hit a child on a bicycle he will not forget this. The child I hit was coming out of her driveway and didn't stop and look and rolled right in front of me. I was able to turn in enough time that it wasn't head on but even going 20 miles an hour in a 35 mile zone it still hurt this little girl. Every time I go by the place I hit her I still see her face and play out the events and even now 7 years later I still can not forget it. Maybe you should go a little easier on the people that say it can happen to me.

  • Warm Soft Dose of Snah May 31, 2012

    Look Deeper, where you a witness to the accident? You seem to know a lot about the road conditions and the alledged lack of ability of the driver. I guess you've never made a mistake in your life. Obviously you know everything. Please teach us more oh wise one...

  • caniacman May 31, 2012

    kids learning to ride bikes can be so dangerours. My 8 year old is just learning and no matter how many times you say stay to the far right, just yesterday she went out around a car. Fortunately the car driver saw her. Scared the heck out of her and I was glad, because you are right it does not always matter how many times you tell a child how to do something you can not be on the bike with them steering it.

  • cgf150 May 31, 2012

    Too the "lets blame the parents" posters..I pray nothing ever happens to your child under your 110% protection bubble. Accidents can happen in seconds with you right beside them, then when you read all the disparaging remarks aimed at you on the blog think of what you said about others..Prays to all that are hurting over this accident..