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Durham 4-year-old dies after being hit by car

Posted August 25, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014

— A 4-year-old Durham girl who died after being hit by a car Monday night was excited to tell her father about her first day of kindergarten when she dashed across the street, a family member said Tuesday.

Jeri Dee Quick had been playing in the front yard of a home in the 3500 block of Dearborn Drive around 9:15 p.m. when police say she ran out into the road to greet him and was struck by a Honda Accord.

Quick's father had pulled up in a parking lot across the street from where the home and yelled at her to stop, her older cousin, Ashanti Ward, said.

"My husband was across the street with her father, and he was trying to tell her, 'No, no. Don't come across the street yet,'" Ward said. "By the fourth time (he said no), it was too late. The car came up the hill and hit her."

Quick, who attended Mt. Zion Christian Academy, was taken to Duke University Hospital, where she died Tuesday morning.

The Accord's driver, Jacqueline Lyons, 57, of Durham, was also taken to the hospital as a precaution. Police don't expect to file charges in the case, saying neither alcohol nor speed were factors.

Ward said the family is grieving the loss of a bubbly little girl whom she described as an angel.

"She was full of spirit, love, joy," she said. "She was our angel on earth, and we're going to miss her a lot."


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  • jwsawyer Aug 26, 2014

    They did have the best intentions, but the little girl is dead. She is dead. We can all do much more to protect our kids. I see kids running around out of control in the streets all the time. Even very young kids.

  • Pepe Silvia Aug 26, 2014

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    First of all, stop being so judgmental! She was SO excited about her first day of school and was probably being allowed to stay up late as a special treat to wait for her father to tell him about it. This could have just as easily happened at 6:30pm instead.

    Secondly, who said she wasn't being watched? There is a witness (cousin) who said her dad tried to yell for her to stop when he saw her running towards him. Obviously people were around.

    If something happened to one of your children, I'm sure you'd rather have people offering condolences instead of telling you all the ways you failed as a parent.

  • OneLove Aug 26, 2014

    How heartbreaking ! Praying for the family. She is in God's hands now.

  • Kristin Byrne Aug 26, 2014
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    Yeah, say something like that to the grieving parents. I don't think they would assume that someone had the best intentions.

    Instead of laying blame, sometimes it's best just to say a kind word and leave it at that.

  • vsusu2002 Aug 26, 2014

    My heart is hurting to read about the little girl losing her life. I was praying that she pulled through. May God be with her family as well as the driver of the car.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Aug 26, 2014

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    Plus 1 more

  • Ralph Savary Aug 26, 2014
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    The comment was posted at 9:24 am, before the tragic news came that this little girl had passed. Please, let's keep our emotions in check and don't fall prey to that foot in mouth disease.

  • Pepe Silvia Aug 26, 2014

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    The story was much shorter this morning and only said a four year old had been hit by a car until a little after 9:30am when it was updated with her name and that she had not survived.

    That is why the first comment also says "Sure hope she pulls through" at the end and there are quite a few comments after 9:30 that clearly indicate people who read the article earlier were upset when they saw the update.

  • Betsy Riggins Aug 26, 2014
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    Very sad story.

  • Hippy_mom Aug 26, 2014

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    Very well stated.