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Clayton High students hit while crossing highway

Posted October 19, 2009

A truck hit two boys Monday morning near Clayton High School. Both were students at the school.

School district spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said the boys, both 16, got breakfast at a McDonald's and were crossing U.S. Highway 70 Business near Robertson Street when they stepped into the path of an oncoming pick-up truck.

Clayton police identified the boys as Jackson Smith, of Candlewood Drive, and Jacob Lowell, of Short Johnson Road. Both were taken to Johnston Medical Center in Clayton. Neither boy had life-threatening injuries, according to Glen B. Allen, chief of police in Clayton.

Officer Isaiah Ruffin cited inattention on the part of both pedestrians and driver for the collision. He said no charges had been filed against the driver, Taris Lee Blalock, 62, of Buffaloe Road in Knightdale.


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  • GravyPig Oct 20, 2009

    Actually, 70 in that section could be alot worse. Since they have opened the 70 bypass, I would imagine that it has reduced alot of traffic in town by removing alot of the through town traffic. Just like the 64 bypass did for knightdale.

    I'd still say that there is alot of local traffic that still travels on 70 bus.

  • EZeegoing Oct 20, 2009

    I hope the two boys are alright and learned a valuable lesson. Stop, look both ways and cross with caution - even at a crosswalk.

  • Kelondris Oct 20, 2009

    It would be nice if they put an overhead/street crosswalk at intersections like this, so there would be no one trying to cross the street. They could safely move over it and no one playing dodge the traffic. Alot of cities do it and they do it for a reason, it works.

  • GravyPig Oct 20, 2009

    Thanks for chiming in Jackie. I don't know where you got the idea that people are faulting the pedestrians. No one has specificaly blamed the children. Most folks seem to be glad they are ok.

    I'm glad that everyone is ok.

    As rsmith said, people on GOLO can jump to conclusions and judge others. Those involved in stories however do seem to be hyper sensitive to what is being discussed about the story. It appears that is the case here, so I would highly suggest that you not read any further. I can almost guarantee you that you will be enraged by what you read here. Please save yourself the discomfort.

  • tgw Oct 20, 2009

    I'm pleased that your son will be ok. I hope the fact will come out so all know the truth. This is a dangerous place to cross US 70--especially at 7:15AM-but really anytime.

  • teachnow Oct 19, 2009

    Glad everyone seems to be ok.

  • injameswetrust2003 Oct 19, 2009

    That is a dangerous place to cross 70. Those children should know better than to do that. Maybe others will be encouraged to follow the rules from now on.

  • Just Saying in NC Oct 19, 2009

    Jackie I hope your son is okay and recovers quickly. WRAL is quick to post stories before all the facts are available and the posters here love to be judge and jury based on the little information available. Regardless of who is to "blame" for the accident, I'm just glad everyone involved will be okay.

  • jackiesewell6 Oct 19, 2009

    I am the mother of one of these children that were injured today in this incident. I am very pleased to see that all this information has been posted on a website when I havent even seen a police report myself. Too bad its not accurate. I appreciate how everyone makes the severely injured at fault.

  • 6079 SMITH W Oct 19, 2009

    I am glad these two young men are ok...but at 16 YEARS OLD,you would think that they could have crossed the road, even a busy one, by themselves without being hit by a car.