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14-year-old dies after being hit by car in Fayetteville

Posted May 19
Updated May 21

— A teenager died after being hit by a car on Raeford Road between Skibo Road and Bingham Drive in Fayetteville on Friday.

Ja-h Quan Peed, 14, was crossing Raeford Road around 6:30 p.m. when he stepped into the path of a 2012 Jeep that was traveling east.

Peed was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries.

14-year-old dies after being hit by car in Fayetteville

The driver of the car, 55-year-old William Wortmann, was not seriously injured during the crash. Police said he will not be charged in the incident.

Raeford Road was temporarily closed between Skibo Road and Bingham Drive.

Friday evening, Trena Peed thought her 14-year-old son was walking to a nearby convenience store for snacks. She then heard news that a child had been hit by a car on Raeford Road.

"That's when I called 911 and asked them, what did the boy look like? What was he wearing?" she said.

An officer told Peed to meet him at the hospital. She braced herself for the worst thing a mother could bear. "My head was hurting. It was banging. I was all to pieces," she said. "Heartbreaking isn't the word. He was a sweet little kid."

Peed was in the seventh grade at Westover Middle School. "No one knows the pain that I feel without you being here," his mom wrote in a letter. "You are my son, now and forever more."

Fayetteville police are investigating the incident.

14-year-old dies after being hit by car in Fayetteville


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  • James Grimes Jr. May 21, 6:06 p.m.
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    That last sentence is something you say to help yourself sleep at night after something like this. However, no matter how much you tell yourself it wasn't your fault, you heart will still ache for the life you took behind the wheel, because of your humanity.

  • Kristen Bello May 21, 8:05 a.m.
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    Why did you look at only one side of this story?
    The driver of that Jeep may be traumatized for the rest of his life, as will his family. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, but will suffer the consequences. Think about this. What if it had happened to you? Would you be going back to work the next day; enjoying a barbecue this weekend; planning a summer vacation? Or would you be spending nights tossing and turning and days with flashbacks of the scene? The driver is the forgotten victim .

  • Norman Lewis May 20, 1:06 a.m.
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    How it happened? Looks like the "juvenile" was crossing the road NOT AT A CROSSWALK. Hmm, how might that have happened?...... How about he/she walked out into traffic in the middle of the road? How about he/she stepped in front of a moving vehicle? The term jaywalking is somewhat of a joke but it is deadly serious in this case. As a driver, I am NOT RESPONSIBLE if someone walks off a curb in front of me and is NOT AT AN INTERSECTION. A driver cannot anticipate a pedestrian crossing a road at odd intervals.