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Benson mother hit by car dies; 8-year-old son expected to recover

Posted December 1

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— A Benson woman hit by a car Thursday morning while walking her children to the bus stop has died, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said Maria Aguilar Suarez, 34, was walking her children to the bus stop on Barberry Drive around 8 :30 a.m. when she and her 8-year-old son were hit by a car.

Suarez’s son, Juan Almanza, is expected to recover. He is being treated for serious injuries, including a broken jaw and a large cut on his head, at WakeMed. Suarez’s 7-year-old daughter was not hurt.

"I saw (them walking) every day in the morning and the afternoon, she was a very responsible mother," said neighbor Veronica Fraire.

Officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said a blue Kia, driven by Ma Del Rosario Perez-Valdovinos, 49, of Benson, was driving south on Barberry Drive when it hit Suarez and her son, temporarily trapping them under the car. She told troopers she could not see the pedestrians because of the bright morning sun.

Perez-Valdovino did not have a driver's license, according to a highway patrol spokesman. Because the incident occurred on a private street, she cannot be charged with driving without a license. Troopers said Perez-Valdovino was traveling at a very low speed.

Her daughter described her as very upset about the incident and said her mother spent the day with the family at the hospital

Charges against Perez-Valdovino are pending, troopers said.

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  • Catherine Edwards Dec 1, 4:02 p.m.
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    "It was in the DMV manual." Yeah but she has no license (didn't say revoked license) so probably doesn't know the rules of the road.

  • Danielle Cockrum Dec 1, 3:50 p.m.
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    So how is it you can get arrested for DUI while sitting (not driving) in your car, but you can't be charged with driving without a license while driving without a license?

  • Jack Reason Dec 1, 3:25 p.m.
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    Right of water... gotta love those autocorrect features... they're there to hlep!

  • Jack Reason Dec 1, 3:23 p.m.
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    Where in the legal code does it say that it's alright to run someone over if they're in the street? Each one of us should know that pedestrians and bicyclists has the right of water. It was in the DMV manual. Areas where the Right-Of-Way cannot be reasonably secured, for pedestrians, horses and bicycles, like 85 or 95, these activities are restricted. But a private road? 25 mph default speed limit. This horror should carry felony DBA or manslaughter charges.

  • Edward Anderson Dec 1, 3:07 p.m.
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    A previous version of this story said they were standing in the road when they were hit.

  • Jeff Franklin Dec 1, 2:58 p.m.
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    Where does it say they were standing in the street?

  • Lauren Little Dec 1, 12:46 p.m.
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    I'm interested to know why they were standing in the road. Pretty traditional place to get hit by a car.