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Franklin wreck kills 2-year-old boy

Posted October 16, 2008
Updated October 17, 2008

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— A 2-year-old boy riding with his grandparents died Wednesday afternoon when a truck broadsided their van along N.C. Highway 98 in Franklin County, state troopers said.

The van was going west on N.C. 98, just west of Sid Eaves Road, while an unloaded tractor-trailer was going east around 3:30 p.m., troopers said.

The truck driver, Robert Dwayne Griffin Jr., 22, of Oxford, said that his brakes locked up, sending the truck off the road. Troopers said that Griffin over-corrected, and his truck traveled left of the center line and hit the side of the van.

The 2-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was killed. His grandparents, Millard Claude Bishop, 67, and Grace Belcher Bishop, 63, both of Youngsville, were taken to Wake Med for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

Griffin faces charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center, failure to secure a load and failure to secure a trailer properly.

Troopers said they were looking into preliminary reports that the boy was not properly restrained in the vehicle. The boy was in a car seat, troopers said.


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  • bluebird1075 Oct 17, 2008

    What a sad story. I'm sorry to the family of both sides. This is something they all will have to live with the rest of their lives. May God Bless and comfort you all.

  • tarhillmom Oct 17, 2008

    What about a morsel of sympathy for the driver of the truck? Yes, he might have caused the accident but I'll bet he's suffering, too.

  • pantheelsfan Oct 17, 2008

    The deaths of these babies are breaking my heart... but GOD you now the reason..

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family...

  • jockeyshiftspringer Oct 17, 2008

    Wow, sad indeed. Prayers to the family.

  • debbjo Oct 17, 2008

    No charges need to be filed against the grandparents - they have already convicted themselves - even though it doesn't appear it was their fault. They will live in misery the rest of their lives because of this, more than enough punishment. So very sad.

  • ThatsWhatIThought Oct 17, 2008

    Such a sad story. My heart goes out the parents and grandparents.

    He may have been in a carseat, but not buckled in properly. Most people take for granted that if a child is buckled in their carseat that they are safe. This is not the case. You have to make sure the straps are tight enough and the harness is level with their armpits. You also need to make sure that it is properly secured in the car. This is a good link for everyone to see how to properly restrain a child.


  • ashandcamsmom Oct 17, 2008

    How very sad...another baby gone. The article states:
    Troopers said they were looking into preliminary reports that the boy was not properly restrained in the vehicle. The boy was in a car seat, troopers said.

    Was he in a car seat which was not secured properly in the car? This would be reason for charges against the grandparents.

  • prayin4tr Oct 17, 2008

    Not the first thing I wanted to read about this morning. Poor baby. No parents should have to bury their child. My heart and prayers go out to the family.

  • LaLa-Land Oct 16, 2008

    How very sad for the family of this little child. I feel so sorry for his grandparents.

    As for the driver of the truck. The guy should have let the truck just run off the road and not jerk back on. He was probably on his cell phone. If he were truly paying attention he would have seen oncoming traffic and knew the danger of the situation.

  • Firegal Oct 16, 2008

    FYI WRAL, This was in Franklin county near Youngsville, not Franklin---Franklin is in the Mountains and no where near Sid Eaves Rd