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Mother, baby hit by car in Raleigh

Posted December 14, 2009
Updated December 15, 2009

— A mother and her 18-month-old daughter were hospitalized Monday night after being struck by a car as they crossed a Raleigh street, police said.

Police said Seville Suzette Keeton, 21, was pushing the baby, Harmony Haley, in a stroller and was crossing Green Road at the Calvary Drive intersection at about 6 p.m. when they were hit by a 1998 Honda driven by Maria Alejandra Sanchezpenaloza.

The police report indicated that Sanchezpenaloza had the green light and was unable to brake in time to avoid hitting the mother and daughter. Police said they don't expect to file charges in the case.

Keeton was listed in fair condition at WakeMed Tuesday morning. Her daughter was transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she was listed in critical condition.


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  • liljuli2001 Dec 16, 2009

    From all the information that I have heard about this, it comes to my conclusion that the driver(Maria) SHOULD NOT feel guilty about this, because it was not her fault that Seville "thought" she could make it before the car was coming. To "think" is something completely different than reality. I would also like to say, that the driver most certainly did not run away from the scene, because from what I have clarified was that she was the one who called the police. I also wanted to say if the baby was securely fastened in the stroller when it was pushed, the baby would have not fallen. I think this story could teach a great lesson to everyone, pedestrians walking as well as all drivers to always be extra careful no matter what the situation is. Also lets not think only Seville is having a hard time but I imagine Maria is too. I will keep everyone involve in this scene in my prayers, and hope everything will turn out for the best.

  • Adelinthe Dec 15, 2009

    Awww, praying for the wee one.

    Dear God heal her so that Christmas will be a blessing to them.

    God bless.


  • ladyblue Dec 15, 2009

    This is so sad. What was the mother thinking. Hope both of them will be ok. The baby seems to be in pretty serious condition. I wish people would understand the cross walk rules better and realize that no matter whose in the right a human body going against a ton metal object has no comparison.

  • lorivalentine1 Dec 15, 2009

    Another senless "accident" because mom was not paying attention..

  • 007KnightRider Dec 15, 2009

    I hope mother and child get well soon! Folks please look both ways before crossing. Unless someone is motioning for you to proceed it doesn't mean they will be stopping because you are crossing the road.

  • boingc Dec 15, 2009

    Also, for those of you who think that "pedestrians always have the right of way" means that they can cross a road anytime they want, consider this:

    If pedestrians really did ALWAYS have the right of way, we wouldn't have WALK/DON'T WALK lights would we? They would always say WALK, which they don't.

    Pedestrians can't cross against a red light -- they have to stop and wait for a green light just like cars...

  • rebar Dec 15, 2009

    I thought pedestrians only had the right of way at marked pedestrian crossings. I live in a rural area so not sure but I never trust other peoples brakes.

  • boingc Dec 15, 2009

    Pedestrians only have the right of way when they are crossing with the light. That is, if you are approaching an intersection with a green light to turn right, you have to wait for the pedestrian to go on across in the crosswalk before you get to turn right.

    Pedestrians have no right of way to cross an intersection when the light is red. If the driver had a green light, then the pedestrian was in the wrong to walk in front of them.

  • commonsense4 Dec 15, 2009

    Justin T. wrote "a lot of people blindly walk into a crosswalk without even looking at the light. "

    I agree - they do it all the time whether it's a crosswalk at a light or in the middle of Salisbury. Do they think a car can stop as quick as a person, and why would someone risk their life in that way - the principle? Life>>Principles

    And plowgirl - take it easy psycho!! Are you on all boards just waiting to jump down someone's throat?? Take some chill pills.

    I hope the mother and her child recover fully!

  • Justin T. Dec 15, 2009

    We all know that the pedestrian has the right of way.

    However, take downtown Raleigh for instance... a lot of people blindly walk into a crosswalk without even looking at the light.

    The laws of physics really have the right of way.