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Police charge worker who failed to control truck that killed child

Posted December 26, 2016

— Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton said a 5-year-old boy hit by an unrestrained dump truck Monday afternoon has died.

Greg Tuttle, who lives in the neighborhood, said first responders told him that a construction worker left a dump truck unattended at the top of a hill on Dogwood Bloom Lane in the Forest Ridge subdivision. That worker, Alejandro Suarez, told first responders that he had set the brake on the truck only to see it rolling free.

Hillsborough police determined that Suarez, of 287 Spider Lily Lane in Angier, was responsible for controlling the truck, and they charged him Monday with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

”I mean, how could something like this happen," Tuttle said. "You just don’t ever think that something like this could ever actually happen. But accidents do happen, freak things happen. Apparently that’s what happened here."

Suarez was being held Monday evening in Orange County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

“At this point, we don’t believe the vehicle was properly secured,” Hampton said. “We will also be following up the investigation, looking at the mechanical condition of the vehicle and confirming all of the working relationships, regarding specifically which company the crew was working for.”

Investigators said they will look into the safety record of the construction company.

The truck rolled down the hill for about 100 yards, snapping overhead power lines before running into the home and hitting the boy, who was playing in a driveway.

The child was taken to Duke University Hospital and later died, Hampton said.


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  • Steve Allen Dec 27, 2016
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    Where in this story does it say he is from Puerto Rico?

  • Fran Rios Dec 27, 2016
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    Eddie N Sawyer
    Puerto Ricans are US citizens! Prayers for the little boy's family and for the young man as well.

  • Stacie Hagwood Dec 27, 2016
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    This is so awful. But if the dump truck had been a neighbor's station wagon and had rolled down the hill and killed the boy, do you think that person would be facing a $10,000 bond for misdemeanor death by vehicle? I think not.

  • Tammy PriceAvent Dec 26, 2016
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    I feel so badly for the little boy and his family and the young man operating the truck. I am sure this was not intentional. So sad.. An innocent little boy playing and also a young man just working trying to make a living. I pray for all involved.