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Family mourns Clayton boy's death after bike-truck crash

Posted June 2, 2012
Updated June 3, 2012

— A 7-year-old Clayton boy died Friday after his bicycle crashed with a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Brito was in critical condition at WakeMed in Raleigh. His parents, Andres and Lucia Brito, decided on Friday to take him off life support, according to the boy's cousin Manuela Navarro.

"She thinks that God needs him, and that's why God took him," Navarro said.

Daniel was riding his bike near the intersection of Powhatan and Glen Laurel roads in Johnston County around 5 p.m. when he tried to turn around and was hit by a truck, troopers said. He was not wearing a helmet.

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He had just finished his last day of first grade and was sneaking off to a friend's house around the corner after his parents told him he couldn't go, relatives said.

"About 10 minutes after he asked his daddy, someone came and said that he got hit," Navarro said.

Troopers did not charge the driver, Lester Mir, 38, of Clayton.

Daniel's family said they will always remember the boy as sweet, loving and playful. Along with his parents, he leaves behind two sisters.

"He loved to play with daddy, and he loved to play with the bike," Navarro said.

A funeral service for Daniel will be held at Saint Ann Catholic Church, 4057 U.S. 70 Business West in Clayton, at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

A fund has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. Starting Monday, donations can be made to the "Daniel Jaimes-Brito Memorial Fund" at the Wells Fargo on U.S. Highway 70 in Clayton.


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  • dae66 Jun 5, 2012

    I have FOUR children and TWO grandchildren who I keep each day. I too am so sorry for the family and that this little boy has lost his life. However, for those of you who say you can not watch your children every minute. If the school system lost track of your child for ONE SECOND and your child was hurt somehow, you would do everything in your means to make the school system accountable. If a baby sitter lost track of your child and something happened.... what would you do to that baby sitter???? Is this not true??? So, if other party's have to watch your child every minute, why don't you? I am also taking in account the child's age! I see seven yrs and younger on bikes out on the streets away from home all the time. That is too young!

  • Evolve Jun 4, 2012

    dae66 obviously does not have kids. I feel so bad and am so sorry for the parents. I have a son that just finished 1st grade and my heart aches thinking about what they are going through.

    Inthecorner- why would this make them have more faith in god? Would a loving god take an innocent 6 year old boy? This was not completely an accident. I DO hope some people will read this and figure out that all children need bicycle helmets. We have our son so trained we have to ask him to take his helmet off in the house. Just saying, start young and enforce it. Have a rationale day.

  • anneonymousone Jun 4, 2012

    What a dreadful accident for all concerned. My best thoughts are with Daniel's family, friends, and medical care providers, and with Mr. Mir. It is my hope that they all have the support, time, and quiet they need to heal.

    It sounds to me as if all the adults in this scenario did what they could have and should have, and that a tragic accident happened nonetheless.

  • TeresaBee Jun 4, 2012

    A fund has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. Starting Monday, donations can be made to the "Daniel Jaimes-Brito Memorial Fund" at the Wells Fargo on U.S. Highway 70 in Clayton.

    Please consider helping.

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 4, 2012

    dae66 - You are clearly not a parent and are never around kids.

    It is absolutely impossible to watch a child 100% of the time until they are 18 (and any parent who tried would be creating a child needing a life time of therapy) The parents are NOT to blame.

  • Fireflies Rock Jun 4, 2012

    so sorry this family had to make such a difficult decision to turn off life support. I hope the family's faith, family and friends will be supportive and help them through this tragedy. such a sad ending to this tragic accident.

  • Praisegod Jun 4, 2012

    @ dae66 - It only takes a second for something to happen. The boy just decided to visit a friend. The parents said no and he snuck out anyway. You can't blame the parents. This was just a tragic accident. My heart and prayers go out to this family and the driver that hit him. God be with you all.

  • loflinbecky Jun 4, 2012

    You have my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your precious son. There is no pain as horrific and unbearable as the loss of a child. I wish you peace and comfort.
    Becky Loflin
    Maty Loflin's Mama

  • inthiscorner Jun 4, 2012

    Are you serious dae66? You obviously don't have children, because if you did you would never make such a ridiculous statement. All it takes is a moment and the child is off. It's no different in a store, one sec your child is with you, and the next, they're not. It takes no time at all. I think at this point through this aweful tragedy, we need to support the friends and family of such an immeasurable loss, not point fingers at what should of, could of, or would of! Have a sense of compassion. I pray that the parents faith becomes stronger and that people give them words of encouragement to heal a life long wound.

  • Wendellcatlover Jun 4, 2012

    Sad, sad, sad! My prayers are with all of y'all who are mourning this sweet little one.