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Teen struck, killed by car in Harnett County

Posted November 10, 2015
Updated November 11, 2015

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— One man was charged after a teenager was struck and killed by a car in Harnett County on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Redhill Church Road near Tobacco Barn Lane in an unincorporated part of Harnett County.

Authorities said that driver Cameron Pipkin, 23, of 6528 N.C. Highway 27 in Coats, was traveling south on Redhill Church Road when he ran off the right shoulder, hitting James McLeod, 14, of 2688 Ashe Ave. in Dunn, from behind.

McLeod died at the scene.

Pipkin was charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle and careless and reckless driving. He was taken to the Harnett County Detention Center, where he was being held under a $1,000 bond.

Authorities said they believe that Pipkin fell asleep at the wheel prior to the collision and said that speed was a factor in the accident.


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  • kevinpg5384 Nov 11, 2015

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    I know it's hard to believe, but not everyone works an 8-5 schedule. He may had been at work since 4:00am. We don't know. Don't speculate.

  • Mark Grady Nov 11, 2015
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    So, you KILL a 14-year-old boy and your bond is only $1,000? No wonder our highway death rate is rapidly climbing. Our so-called "justice system" is incompetent and allowing these people to get away with killing people.

  • Bea Gyulay Nov 11, 2015
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    I'm sorry, but how is a death a misdemeanor? And how does someone fall asleep at the wheel at 4:30 in the afternoon without being under the influence of an alterative substance?

  • Donald Holder Nov 11, 2015
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    He's already got a misdemeanor convictions.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 10, 2015
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    So was this Cameron Pipkin charged due to a DWI, DUI, reckless driving or driving while license suspended/revoked, or driving while distracted, ie: texting? If it is neither of these things, charges are not necessary. If it is either of these things, charges should be more than misdemeanor. When driving, the drivers have 2 simple responsibilities. Don't kill anyone and don't kill anyone.