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Child hit by SUV at elementary school, dies

Posted March 29, 2010

— A 3-year-old boy died after being struck by an SUV outside an elementary school in Raleigh early Sunday afternoon.

The wreck report says that the 33-year-old driver of a 2000 Ford SUV stopped when a mother and her children stepped from behind parked cars into the public-vehicular access area in front of Wild Wood Forest Elementary School. The family was leaving a soccer game at the school's field.

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The driver started moving forward again when she thought the whole family had passed, but Jaciel Gomez Hernandez, of Zebulon, walked out from between the parked cars, the report says. The driver told police that she heard the boy's mother scream, then swerved to the left.

Jaciel went underneath the right rear tire of the SUV. He died from his injuries.

The boy's mother, Rafaella Hernandez, said through a translator on Monday that Jaciel was a very loving child.

No charges have been filed against the driver. Raleigh police said Jaciel's death is being ruled an accident. The wreck report says the SUV was going 5 mph when the boy was hit.


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  • Princesa Apr 1, 2010

    Hindsight is 20/20. Nobody needs to judge this mother because she I am certain is judging herself as it is. She lost a child, how cruel you are to write such things. All of you who attack her should be ashamed of yourselves

  • coffeecup Mar 30, 2010

    No charges against the driver, fine, but it was stupid to just assume there were no more children and take off full steam ahead. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have killed this poor excuse of a human being to wait five more seconds to be sure.

  • CowboysFan Mar 30, 2010

    poor baby. may God be with him and his family

  • ecugirl83 Mar 30, 2010

    very sad. i hope they can all find peace

  • TomLynda Mar 29, 2010

    This kind of behaviour goes on all the time. I've seen children walking 3 and 4 cars lengths either in front or behind the lamebrained parents in Sams Club parking lot, Costco's parking lot, our Church parking lot, and almost every parking lot.

    One Wednesday night at our Church two kids starting running out from their parents in the parking lot, and I saw a car starting to back up. I yelled stop as loud as I could. The driver stopped just in time and the kids kept running.

    It's nothing short of a miracle more kids are hit and killed every week around here.

  • TomLynda Mar 29, 2010

    Just this past Saturday my wife and I were heading to Fuquay to our Grand daughter bd party, and pulled into Wendy's on Wake Forest Road. I was moving very slow towards the drive thru when two hispanic children came darting out of the building right in front of me. I hit my brakes and just barely avoided what I would dread for the rest of my life. One half of a second is all the difference it would have made. Had I been that much closer in time, I would have been unable to avoid them.

    Their mom was in the parking lot with two other children at her car. I yelled at her to watch her kids. She looked at me like "what?".

  • djofraleigh Mar 29, 2010

    This is tragic. I know it was an accident, but I see people at the Wal-mart parking lot letting young children lag behind and surge ahead without really seeming to realize the danger. Perhaps a lesson could come of this case in the child's name.

  • lizlizardrn Mar 29, 2010

    Yes, we all agree how terribly sad this is but how many times have we seen the caregiver walking on ahead and the child following behind at their own pace!!! Hold their hand...stand next to them..carry them but for Gods sake...don't let them follow up the rear. The driver couldn't see the kid...and who expects a 3 year old to be walking alone. So very sad.

  • Adelinthe Mar 29, 2010

    Ya know where stuff like this happens nearly every single day??? Penny Road Elementary.

    When we lived nearby, we couldn't believe the parents (normally mothers) who parked on Penny Road and let their kids - large and small - just unload into the roadway with heavy traffic going by.

    I don't know how many times we've heard brakes squeal from a car trying to avoid a child supervised by a lamebrain parent.

    I don't know who taught them parenting, but they need a refresher course for sure.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Mar 29, 2010

    mpheels - "The bottom line is that this could have just as easily happened in any parking lot - mall, grocery store, church, etc... I can't tell you the number of times I've seen people in parking lots not paying attention to their surroundings and/or their children."


    I remember our mother drilling us over and over again never to walk out from a parked car without looking both ways twice.

    Do parents not teach that anymore???

    God bless.