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Child hit, killed by car driven by family member in Harnett County

Posted July 11

— A 23-month-old girl was hit and killed by a car driven by a family member Tuesday afternoon, according to Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats.

According to Coats, authorities responded to 3241 N.C. Highway 55 in Coats in reference to a pedestrian hit just before 11:30 a.m. When deputies arrived, they found a small child had been hit by a car driven by a female family member in the driveway of the home.

The girl was taken to Central Harnett Hospital at about 12:25 p.m. where she died.

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this death. "There is no indication of this being anything other than a tragic accident at this time," Coats said in a statement.


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  • James Grimes Jr. Jul 12, 10:07 p.m.
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    When the life of another human being is at stake, mistakes and miscommunications cannot happen. As a parent, you aren't allowed such mistakes until the child is able to be alone at around 12-ish.

  • Dana Collier Jul 12, 3:32 p.m.
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    Considering none of us were there to know exactly how the child got run over I suggest empathy instead of blame. It is perfectly possible for the parents to have been watching the child and her to have darted out of the house or any number of things. The problem with society these days is everyone is so quick to blame and no one stops I show compassion. I had a dear friend accidentally run his child over because he thought she was with her mother and the mother thought she was with him. A simple miscommunication that could happen to anyone and now they live with that guilt every day of their lives. They don't need complete strangers to tell them to feel guilty.

  • James Grimes Jr. Jul 11, 11:44 p.m.
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    A tragedy indeed, caused by negligence. The child was supposed to be watched to be kept out of danger, and wasn't. Very sad.

  • N Diana Bobbitt Jul 11, 10:11 p.m.
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    Sending condolenses to the family of this tragedy. I know you are hurting, so know that I am praying for you and this child. May you find Peace.

  • Jill Stephenson Jul 11, 9:09 p.m.
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    Children can move so fast, I would call this an accident. Family does not need to be belittled, they need your prayers.

  • RB Redmond Jul 11, 5:39 p.m.
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    Tragic accident? Come on! At 23-months of age, someone was responsible for watching this child, and wasn't.
    That's not an accident...
    That's negligence!!!
    Poor baby.