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Girl Critically Injured After Hit by Car

Posted April 10, 2007
Updated April 11, 2007

— A 14-year-old girl was listed in critical condition at Wake Med Wednesday morning after she was struck by a car in front of Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant.

Joanne Marie Conyers, of 3900 Neeley St. in Raleigh, was crossing the road in the 3900 block of Western Boulevard with her cousin late Tuesday when she was hit by an eastbound 1989 Toyota driven by Michael Daniel Lawson, 45, of 635 Dorothea Drive in Raleigh, police said.

The cousin wasn't injured, police said.


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  • DDMSD Apr 18, 2007

    well joanne was a friend of mine adn todai the date is april 18 2007 she passed away it is a very sad time at school but me and her friends know that she is watching down on us and making sure that we are ok and i love you and miss u joanne all of us are staying strong for her

  • Peace89 Apr 12, 2007

    What a sad week for little girls. Prayers and thoughts go out to their families.

  • jcrew1979 Apr 11, 2007

    What is the deal with kids getting hit by cars lately?

  • superman Apr 11, 2007

    You cant just stop -- you be hit from behind-- she needed to go to a crosswalk at a stoplight. Better to wait a few minutes and be patient than to cross the street and be killed-- and doing this at nightor late afternoon when visability is bad is even more dangerous.

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl Apr 11, 2007

    This child and her family have my prayers. I know that people should be more observant when crossing the street but this one time I have to play devil's advocate. I myself have had MANY occasions where I have tried POLITELY to wait to cross, hoping that some nice person would stop for 30-60 seconds to let me go by. NEVER HAPPENS. Many people are just plain rude, crude, and socially unacceptable when behind the wheel of a car. Yes the child should have been more careful...but I can't help but wonder if another driver had waited to let these kids cross the road, would this have happened?

  • ckevinc Apr 11, 2007

    Hmm my winking smiley for jimlu got cut off... wasn't trying to seem like a buttmunch there ;)

  • ckevinc Apr 11, 2007

    ...step up patrols on Capital to look for jaywalkers, but I was told that nothing could be done. Pedestrians, PLEASE use common sense when crossing busy roadways.

    What this young girl did was not wise, but I will still pray for her full recovery. I hope that she pulls through and learns a valuable lesson that she can pass on to her friends and children someday.

    Oh, and jimlu, sorry, but I have to call you out on this one - $1,000,000,000.00 = one BILLION, not TRILLION ;

  • ckevinc Apr 11, 2007

    I also live in this area and work off of Capital Blvd., and both roads are notorious for people darting across the roadway between intersections rather than walking to a crosswalk and waiting for the light to change.

    A year ago I had to come to a complete stop in the middle of Capital Blvd. while I waited for a woman pushing a STROLLER to get it up over the curb of the median! She was nowhere near a crosswalk and had decided to cross slowly, just as the stoplight that I was at (50 yards or so down the road from her) turned green.

    I also recall another time on Capital that a lady decided to cross the street on her mobility scooter with a young toddler sitting on her lap. This would have been fine as she was using the crosswalk, except she started to cross AS THE LIGHT WAS TURNING GREEN. Luckily she wasn't in danger of being hit as traffic wasn't moving yet, but I was so livid about her putting the life of the child in danger that I called the RPD to see if they could... (cont'd

  • Stormy13 Apr 11, 2007

    I travel to and from work every day on Western Blvd. and almost every day there is someone (no specific age group) trying to cross Westerb Blvd. between Gorman and Method, but NOT at the light crosswalk. Frnakly I am surprised this has not happened sooner. The individuals just dart out into traffic and seem to dare you to hit them. PLEASE use the crosswalks at the intersections.

  • nc lover Apr 11, 2007

    I am paying attention to these post. Somebody made a comment this latest little girl had died. I am 3,000 miles away and don't have access to local T.V. or Papers. I asked the question
    (she died????? not she died!!!) I'm glad to here she didn't and I personally was just reading this forum and reacting- I thought something had just been reported on Radio or T.V. in the greater Raleigh are. Either way for both kids its a shame and my heart goes out to the families.