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Police: Driver not at fault in Dunn crash that killed boy on bike

Posted March 20, 2012

— Police said Tuesday that an 8-year-old Lillington boy who was hit by an SUV in Dunn over the weekend wasn't wearing a helmet when he rode his bike into the path of oncoming traffic.

Tyquaves Morris died from head trauma Monday at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital.

The driver, an 18-year-old girl, wasn't speeding and did stop to help the boy after the crash, police said. She will not be charged in the crash.

Morris' family isn't satisfied.

"It would be nice if the other party would at least try to contact someone in the family to let us know that they are apologetic, that they are sorry," said Morris' cousin, Patricia Davis. "We would like some answers."

Davis called Morris, who loved to sing, her "songbird." The boy also loved to ride his bike, she said.

Family wants answers after car kills bike-riding boy in Dunn Family wants answers after car kills bike-riding boy in Dunn

While visiting his grandmother's house on Sunday, Morris went out to ride his bike. Around 3:30 p.m., Morris came to the intersection of Canary Street and McKay Avenue. He didn't stop at the stop sign and rode directly into Canary Street and into the path of an SUV, police said.

"I was devastated," Davis said.

"He was the most loving boy you would ever want to encounter," said Kenneth Frink, Morris' uncle.

The family said the boy, a second-grader at Anderson Creek Primary School, had won first place in the school art show just days before the crash.

Police said, in any case where young children are killed, it's a tragedy.

"It hasn't happened in a long time and, just like anywhere else, it takes its toll on everybody involved," said Capt. Jimmy Pope.


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  • HeBlessesMe Mar 21, 2012

    You know, I must laugh at 99% of these comments, especially the one saying the girl needs to sue the family of this young boy. It is definitely tragic for both sides involved. And to say, blame the parents, is truly pathetic. Why?? Because this young boy was visiting his grandmother, so his parents may not have been there. So I guess now you will say, blame the grandmother, right? I went to my grandmother's house all of the time when I was young and rode my bike up and & down busy streets....all WITHOUT a helmet. Keep in mind, I was supposed to be on the sidewalk, but I would ride in the street anyway. Thankfully, I did not get hurt. At the same time, I had an older (16) cousin who was killed by a car while riding his bike. However, neither was at fault in the case. I don't know if my aunt & uncle ever got any answers they sought or an "apology" but they healed with time. just as this family will, but LET THEM GRIEVE IN THEIR OWN WAY EVEN IF THAT MEANS THEY WANT "ANSWERS OR APOLOGIES"!

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 21, 2012

    "... Yes she could have been on the phone but we will never know . Kids dart out infront of me all the time and the parents are no where to be seen . But God forbid YOU scold them over being safe , that opens a whole other can of worms . At least she stopped , seems most these day are not doing so ."

    We may never know, but I'm sure investigators can obtain her phone records, if she has a phone. They've concluded she was not at fault, so maybe they already checked that out during their investigation. I'm sorry the child lost his life, but I'm equally sorry for the young woman who was traumatized and will never forget it.

  • jacamillo Mar 21, 2012

    It's sad for EVERYONE involved. The teenage girl driver was not negligent in her driving according to the investigation. An 8 year old CHILD was out riding his bike unsupervised through a busy intersection & this very unfortunate accident happened. It's awful & I bet the girl would take it back if she could; she has to live the rest of her life facing that she accidentally killed a child. I know that both families are heartbroken, but one family will never get to hug their child again. It's just sad no matter what.

  • lizard78 Mar 21, 2012

    WOW bluebirdlover
    You went about as far as you could.

  • moes238 Mar 21, 2012

    Such of a sweet smile this young man had. My sympathies to the little boy's family. My heartfelt concern for the young driver who was also involved because every time she closes her eyes, she sees that little boy. This accident has forever changed the lives of all involved. Hopefully, his family will change this to a positive message about his life and not blame someone unless they look at themselves. They had the responsibility to keep him safe.

  • kjackson47 Mar 21, 2012

    Accidents happen everyday so why are these people bitter? This girl is probably in shock and needs time. People deal with things in different ways

  • sharonmcgee Mar 21, 2012

    stop blaming this young girl for something the parents could have prevented by watching and knowing where the child was that day. Does the parent even care how tough it is on the young driver. I pray that God will let you find peace and understanding to all this. It is bad for both families I can know. horton48

  • corncop Mar 21, 2012

    A terrible loss for everyone, including the teenage driver! I am trying to figure out what the family really means, or did the press mess up the message?

    Do they want an apology? Or do they want charges? First, how does a teeager attempting to cope with this even begin to think about approaching the family? Not a good thing right now. Maybe with some time and counseling. Second, what charges? About the only thing I can concieve in this respect would be child endangerment for the parents or guardians for allowing the child to ride without a helment. But that's not likely either.

    Best advise is everybody cool off and take the time to grieve. And the press needs to just back off and stop trying to report a story that is not there.

  • rtwiddy Mar 21, 2012

    So sorry for this family's loss but at the same time so sorry for this young teen that hit this child. I can't imagine what the family of this child or the teen and her family are going through. She stopped to help, and perhaps she hasn't contacted the child's family because she is too distrought to talk about it. No need for judgements, I am sure this was very devistating for all involved!

  • ligonmaterial23 Mar 21, 2012

    Charges ? Against who ? Maybe the parents for not making him wear a helmet . Why are folks so shocked when they let kids play in the road then get hurt . yes Bikes are legally able to be on the road but with kids who dont know the laws that much , no helmet , prob no supervision ? Come on folks . Sad day , hate it he paid the price but he ran the stop sign , he was not wearing a helmet , and the driver was not really speeding . Yes she could have been on the phone but we will never know . Kids dart out infront of me all the time and the parents are no where to be seen . But God forbid YOU scold them over being safe , that opens a whole other can of worms . At least she stopped , seems most these day are not doing so .