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Cary police: No charges in accident that killed 9-year-old bicyclist

Posted May 7, 2015
Updated May 9, 2015

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— Cary police said Thursday that no charges will be filed in an accident that killed a 9-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle earlier this week.

Deborah Brown, 49, was driving 12 mph on Maple Avenue near Maynard Road when her Lexus SUV collided with Paul Pham Dang at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report. The boy, who was on a bike ride with his father and three friends, died a short time later at WakeMed.

Police said the decision not to file charges against Brown came after an extensive investigation and review of the case by the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.

“After looking at this terrible event from every angle, we’re confident that this was simply a terrible, terrible accident,” Cary police Lt. Steve Wilkins said. “As folks in our community mourn Paul's passing, we want citizens to recommit to paying close attention so that bicycles and cars can safely share the streets."

In a 911 call, Brown told emergency dispatchers that the boy “came out of nowhere” and she didn’t see him. The police report confirms that Dang “darted into the roadway,” directly in front of the vehicle with no time for the driver to react.

A Go Fund Me campaign has been established to raise money for Dang's family.


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  • Derek Edmisten May 9, 2015
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    What a tacky way to handle this story. Showing the twisted bike and Paul's mother displaying her anger and grief was too much. I pray the driver of the SUV never sees this. I was one of Paul's teachers and I'm ashamed of how WRAL covered his death in their video segment. No class at all.

  • Fenway O'Donnell May 8, 2015
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    Well said Mary Zulch.

    Sad, sad, sad, for everyone involved. I will also say a prayer for the first responders. I am sure this tragedy has hit them hard as well.

  • Mary Zulch May 7, 2015
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    Prayers for Paul and his family. Prayers as well for the woman who hit him. I know she is feeling very badly right now.
    The family is probably not happy that no charges will be filed, but the fact is the on board computer indicated the driver was only going 12 mph. A lot less than allowed. I am sorry for the victim, his family, and the OTHER victim, the woman who hit him.

  • Terry Watts May 7, 2015
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    Thoughts and prayers...