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Cary family struggles with loss of 9-year-old

Posted May 6, 2015

— A Cary family is mourning the loss of a 9-year-old boy who was killed after he was hit by a vehicle Tuesday evening.

Deborah Brown, 49, of Cary, was driving on Maple Avenue near Maynard Road when her Lexus SUV collided with Paul Pham Dang at about 7:15 p.m., police said.

“I just ran over a kid on a bicycle and I need for you to come with an ambulance, oh my God,” Brown told emergency dispatchers following the accident. “He just, like, came out from nowhere. There were three kids and they ran right out in front of me. I was going really slow. Then all the sudden it's like...ahhhh I didn't even see him come right in front of my car.”

Paul Dang was traveling on Maple Avenue, perpendicular to the path of the SUV, police said.

His mother, Jenny, believes the vehicle was not traveling at a slow rate of speed.

"She drive very fast, she drive very fast," she said. "She did not stop!"

The incident happened as the boy was riding his bicycle with his father, Theopham Pham, and three friends.

The dad said his son loved to ride his new bike.

"He'd ride every day," he said.

Paul Dang was taken to WakeMed, where he died while surrounded by family.

"A reminder to drivers, with the warmer weather there's more kids out," said Cary police Lt. Marcus Pearson. "Just to be aware of what is going on around you."

Paul was a third grader at Park Mill Elementary School and enjoyed martial arts, his family said.

No charges have been filed. According to authorities, speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.


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  • Angie Cox May 8, 2015
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    I cannot imagine what they are going through. it's heartbreaking. but again, never allow your children, especially that young, to ride on a road such as Maynard. It's a busy road. I never allowed mine out of the neighborhood and that was dangerous enough. It's just heartbreaking but anger will not bring him back and the lady didn't cause his death. prayers for everyone involved. What a gorgeous boy...

  • Cora Blue May 7, 2015
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    Things can go sideways so quickly. Accidents, horrible ones, happen and lives are utterly broken. Peace be with both families. I'm sure the driver is devastated, and the parents are in agony.

  • Sara Hauser May 7, 2015
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    agreed , Angie-even though this is a tragic ,horrible situation no parent should have to go through, it has been determined speed did not factor. Mom is grieving and is angry.

  • Angie Cox May 7, 2015
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    I'm so sorry for your loss and I pray your son rest in peace. note: police has said speed was not a factor so please don't state she was going very fast as I'm sure she has had a hard time dealing with this herself. parents please watch your kids and make them ride in safe places (bike trails, quiet neighborhoods etc.) and not main roads.

  • Holly Ross May 7, 2015
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    Prayers for all of those involved in this horrible tragedy. :-(

  • Holly Ross May 7, 2015
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    Wouldn't that be MILLS PARK Elementary school, not Park Mill Elementary?