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2 Children Struck, 1 Killed by Car in Raleigh

Posted April 2, 2008
Updated April 3, 2008

— One child has died and another remains in critical condition from injuries received when the two were hit by a vehicle in Raleigh Wednesday afternoon.

It happened at about 4:45 p.m. on the corner of Spring Forest and Falls of Neuse roads.

A woman and three children were attempting to cross Falls of Neuse Road, from east to west, when 7-year-old and 9-year-old boys separated from the mother and ran ahead. The boys were struck by a 1992 Toyota 4 Runner traveling southbound on Falls of Neuse, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.

The third child also ran ahead but was not hit.

“The one thing I could say was, ‘Oh no! Oh no! Oh no!’” witness Sam Townsend said. “They just went flying up in the air and rolling on the pavement."

The children were transported to WakeMed with critical injuries, emergency dispatch officials said. Kaled Shahin, 9, died. His brother, 7-year-old Basil Shahin, is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Police do not plan to file charges against the driver of the vehicle, 57-year-old Catherine Mary Biondi. The mother and children were traveling against the light, which was green for Falls of Neuse traffic, Sughrue said.

“The car coming had the green light and hit them,” witness Cheryl Barbour said.

The police have not released the name of the mother of the children. She did not file a witness report.


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  • educgrad Apr 4, 2008

    hoping the other child is ok,would be even harder if the mom lost all three children, will be hard enough losing two,can't even imagine that kind of grief

  • islandgirl Apr 4, 2008

    This is so sad... my thought and prayers go out to both family's.... I pray that the other little boy pulls thru... May you all get the privacy you all need at your time of loss....

  • motoi880 Apr 3, 2008

    this is just one of those sad accidents that could have been prevented.. first HOLD YOUR CHILDRENS WHEN YOUR WALKING OR CROSSING THE STREETS.. i always do that with my neices.. and pls dont talk about lawsuits and lawyers.. i feel sympathy for the parents for loosing their kids and for the driver who's going to carry it for the rest of their lives.....

  • robmccau Apr 3, 2008

    As many have said, this is a tragedy for all involved. WRAL absolutely should be ashamed for posting addresses of those involved. Have some decency, WRAL. What does publishing the addresses add to this story? Who does it help?

  • HangOn Apr 3, 2008

    This is just horrible and nothing the driver could do about it. I'm praying for all involved in this tragedy. So sad.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 3, 2008

    My prayers are for the child and all involved. To the parents, I am so sorry for your loss. Know now your child is in the Lord's hand and He will see you through this difficult time. "Jesus Love the little children" "Yes, Jesus Loves Me, for the Bible tells Me So." Be blessed and know your child is a little angel now.

  • aquamama Apr 3, 2008

    And this is why I will continue to yell at my kids to not run away from me when we're crossing the street. Or in a parking lot. Or even in front of our house. I will hold them by the arm if they don't want to hold my hand. This is so, so sad.

  • Jh5230 Apr 3, 2008

    Again, absolutely devastating. I am heartbroken over this story.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 3, 2008

    So many great and heartfelt comments regarding this terrible tragedy. I too saw it this morning on WRAL. I thought it was very distasteful, and a lack of human compassion for interviewing these people on the part of reporters from WRAL.

    These people will never forget seeing these kids. I feel so sorry for the mother and her family members. I also feel sorry for those that saw everything unfold right before their eyes.

    Why is it that there is no compassion for human life anymore? WRAL was "Johnny on the spot" to make sure they reported all of the emotions so that it can get much air-time. I have said if before, the media should be more compassionate in situations like this one. But, it has happened so many other times.

    God bless all involved in this terrible waste of human life.

  • misschris234 Apr 3, 2008

    Carolinagirl, I know, that is what got me too. Hearing her voice breaking up, and then hearing both the witnesses, just tore me up. Not to mention, I had driven through there on my way home moments before. I just hope the other little boy pulls through, but it just looks so grim. It's definitely put a damper on the day. I also wish they wouldn't have shown the driver. She did nothing wrong but I'm sure she will live with guilt for the rest of her life, she deserves privacy, I can't imagine what she is wrestling with mentally right now.