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Fayetteville Boy Dies After Being Hit By Car

Posted April 2, 2006

— One of two young friends who were injured when they were run over by a hit-and-run driver has died, a nursing supervisor at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center said Sunday.

Jameel Short, 8, and Tevin Whitted, 11, were struck Friday evening as they crossed

Ireland Drive

crossing a street to go home for dinner, a State Highway Patrol trooper said Saturday.

Short died Sunday morning. Whitted was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

A friend, Steven Hartzell, told The Fayetteville Observer that the boys had been at his house and were going home after his mother said it was time for her to make dinner.

One witness told police the vehicle appeared to be racing another vehicle with its lights off, while others said it was traveling at a proper speed but passing other cars in a no-passing area, Trooper S.E. Everett said.

One boy was dragged about 200 feet and the other about 50 feet.

Investigators had located a suspect but no arrests had been made and none were expected before officers could consult with prosecutors on Monday, Everett said. He declined to identify the suspect, who he said was turned in by a friend.

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