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Henderson man faces charges in 5-year-old's death

Posted January 27, 2013
Updated January 29, 2013

— A Henderson man was arrested on multiple charges, including driving while impaired and felony death by motor vehicle, in a collision Sunday afternoon that killed a 5-year-old boy who was on a walk with his father.

Henderson police said Richard Thomas Stokes, 22, and his son, Jayden Chad Stokes, were walking west along East Montgomery Street around 1:15 p.m. when a 1998 GMC truck, driven by Vincent Gregory, 47, hit them.

Investigators said Gregory drove left of the roadway, hit a telephone pole, drove over the curb and hit the Stokes before landing in a tree.

Stokes and his son were taken to a local hospital, where the boy died, police said. Richard Stokes' medical condition wasn't immediately available Sunday evening.

Gregory, of 270 Sparrow Lane, was also charged with assault inflicting serious injury by a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license.

He was in the Vance County jail Sunday evening under more than a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in Vance County District Court on Monday.

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  • Timetogo Feb 4, 2013

    Isn't premeditation the distinguishing factor for First Degree? Didn't he intentionally drink? If I intentionally loaded a gun, pointed it at someone and killed them, wouldn't that be the same? He was drunk and pointing a weapon! When are we going to wake up and expect people to be held accountable for their actions?

  • cmama Jan 29, 2013

    So sad. Prayer for the child's family.

  • mac240 Jan 29, 2013

    I guess the $1,000,000 bail is used to impress the public, but we know this guy will serve very little time for destroying this family!

  • whatdidusay Jan 28, 2013

    Will there ever be the time where the judicial system can be held responsible for these repeat offenders which are allowed to remain on the streets?

  • Terkel Jan 28, 2013

    Nephesh and Relic, I get you and should have stated it a little differently. Yes, it was a choice. My post was in the context of someones having implied that he should be off the road because he killed A CHILD, that by definition being somehow worse than killing an adult.

    I was attempting to distinguish between this reckless, negligent act which had random victims, and a pedophile who seeks out children to harm precisely because they are children, which IS worse than harming an adult.

  • ecpaynter Jan 28, 2013

    I'm sorry I just am not dealing well and it hurt to see Chad's name as the one who did it...I am just raw inside over all this...see my baby nephew last night in the morgue ripped my heart out of my chest!

  • BobLoblaw Jan 28, 2013

    ecpaynter - I apologize. I completely misconstrued the names. I remain very disturbed by this awful event in which your nephew was killed by a drunk driver on a Sunday afternoon.

  • shemontay Jan 28, 2013

    To the family of this hard felt and tragic loss.. I pray that you will be able to endure the pain and find peace. My prayers are with you....

  • ecpaynter Jan 28, 2013

    People for the sake of our family at least get the names right! Mr. Stokes is the Dad of my nephew Jayden Stokes (5 yrs old)...read it again:
    "Henderson police said Richard Thomas Stokes, 22, and his son, Jayden Chad Stokes, were walking west along East Montgomery Street around 1:15 p.m. when a 1998 GMC truck, driven by Vincent Gregory, 47, hit them."

    VINCENT GREGORY was the evil soul who STOLE him from us!!!

  • jenjengirl89 Jan 28, 2013

    "drove over the curve"
    ?
    maybe curve = curb?

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