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Toddler dies after being hit by car in Harnett County

Posted March 8, 2012
Updated March 9, 2012

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— A 3-year-old girl died after being hit by a vehicle in Harnett County on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. 

Barbara Anna Lynn Hunt darted out into oncoming traffic near a home at the intersection of Farrar and Spring Hill Church roads near Lillington. 

Her grandmother was watching her toddler at the time and was on the scene within moments. 

A witness that was driving behind the car that hit the child told troopers that speed was not a factor and the driver clearly did not see the girl.

"The witness also stated that in just a matter of a second or two the grandmother was right on the heels of the child. It wasn't a matter of the grandmother not watching the child, it's just a matter of the child being a few split-seconds faster than the grandmother was," Trooper Robert Mellott said.

The child was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. 

"She was rambunctious, playful, all around good girl. Loved to play outside. Just brightened everybody's day when when she got around them," Barbara's uncle, Brian Stewart, said. 

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is working with the Harnett County District Attorney's office to determine if any charges will be filed in the case.

Mellott, who lives nearby where the accident occurred, said it hit close to home.  Trooper Robert Mellott Toddler hit by car dies in Harnett County

"Our job is just to record what happens, but, as a person, a father and a member of this community, I wish there was something more I could do for the family," Merlott said. 

The girl's family said there have been a number of wrecks along Springhill Church Road. They want to impart on drivers to slow down because children might be playing nearby. 

"It's just a really bad spot," Stewart said. "I don't know if there is anything much that can be changed because of this particular spot. There's no place to put any signs." 

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 9, 2012

    no charges should be made.

    I agree with your comment. No charges.

  • sandim50 Mar 9, 2012

    Unless the driver was impaired, no charges should be made. That driver who was not at fault will have to live for many years with this tragrdy on hid mind
    May the child find peace at the Lords feet AMEN

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 9, 2012

    the only innocent person here is this 3 year old!
    mitchellhaas1

    True. But had the child been taught about the danger of being near the road/highway? Even if going 35 miles per hour the driver could have still hit her without actually seeing her. May all drivers learn from this

  • Tcheuchter Mar 9, 2012

    "Simple, there is at least 75 feet of open area from the porch to the road with no trees or anything to obstruct the driver's vision...the driver should have seen this child running and slowed down which just may have yielded enough time for this child to live...the only innocent person here is this 3 year old!"

    easy for you to say as you were not there.......

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 9, 2012

    A sad tragic story indeed. My condolences to the family. Children should also be taught the danger of the highways and road. Its never to early to learn. When will you teach them. Keep the grandmother in your prayers.

  • mitchellhaas1 Mar 9, 2012

    Simple, there is at least 75 feet of open area from the porch to the road with no trees or anything to obstruct the driver's vision...the driver should have seen this child running and slowed down which just may have yielded enough time for this child to live...the only innocent person here is this 3 year old!

  • cocker_mom Mar 9, 2012

    There, but for the grace of God, go I. A tragedy for all involved.

  • Tcheuchter Mar 9, 2012

    "I love how wral doesn't post my comment...moral of the story, drivers who do not pay attention are the worst."

    Where does it say the driver was at fault......

  • mypookie1 Mar 9, 2012

    This is another child that a grandparent had to watch die right in front of them in as many days,again rest in peace little one.Being a grandmother my self I cant begin to know what they are feeling.Prayers to the family.
    mypookie1

  • mitchellhaas1 Mar 9, 2012

    I love how wral doesn't post my comment...moral of the story, drivers who do not pay attention are the worst.

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