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Boy, hit running to school bus stop, dies

Posted November 13, 2009

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— A 10-year-old Goldsboro boy died after being hit by by an SUV while running across a street to a school bus stop Friday morning.

State troopers said that a Chevrolet Trail Blazer struck Dakota Medlin shortly before 7 a.m. as he was running across Stevens Mill Road, about 6½ miles outside Goldsboro.

Dakota was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he died.

Troopers said there was nothing the SUV driver, Wendy Jones, 32, of Four Oaks, could have done to avoid hitting the boy. No charges will be filed.

Witnesses told troopers that Dakota ran across a front yard and into the road without looking first.

Homeowner Teddy Price said that Dakota's father drops him off at his house before going to work early in the morning. He said the bus stop, which Dakota had used for 2 years, is in a dangerous curve.

Initially, troopers had said Dakota spent the night at a friend's house and was going to a different bus stop than his usual one.


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  • Jokers Wild II Nov 13, 2009

    My heart goes out to the family, I do not know you but I saw the pain on your face while you were in the ER. I was hoping Dakota would pull through and hated to hear that he passed away.

  • familyfour Nov 13, 2009

    I am so sad for all involved.

  • mewuvbb Nov 13, 2009

    I bet Dakota was running to the bus, probably because it was raining. I really hate it for everyone that this effects. My prayers go out to everyone who has been touched deeply by this tragedy.

  • pattip574 Nov 13, 2009

    What a terrible tragedy. My prayers for Dakota's family and for the poor driver of the SUV.

  • protestthis Nov 13, 2009

    Crass comments on GOLO? Come on.. thats the norm around here - story not withstanding. It is a tragedy -and you would think that people would leave their attitudes at the curb for 1 story.. but sadly - no.
    Lets see if we can dig up a conspiracy on this one?? Any takers.. Come on.. you know you want to
    Sarcasm off - and my prayers go out to everyone involved.

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 13, 2009

    I am so, so sad for the family. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. May God welcome this child with open arms and may the child always watch over other kids from up above.

    RIP little angel

  • futuredukemom Nov 13, 2009

    My prayers go out to the family of the little boy and the driver. I understand that the child was 10 years old and should have been watching but don't you all remember running to the bus stop, thinking you were going to miss the bus? It is such a tragedy.

  • Malcontent Nov 13, 2009

    This is so sad. Prayers for the family...

  • teacher-mom Nov 13, 2009

    My sympathy to the family and loved ones.

  • CrewMax Nov 13, 2009

    I am so sad for Dakota and his family.