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Boy dies after running in front of pickup on icy Lee road

Posted December 27, 2010
Updated December 28, 2010

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— A 7-year-old boy died Sunday night after he ran into the street near his Lee County home and was hit by a pickup truck, according to state Highway Patrol troopers.

Christian Fore was crossing Black's Chapel Road, in the Olivia community about 8 miles south of Sanford, at about 7 p.m. when he was hit, authorities said. He was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he died.

Jason Hardin, Christian's 14-year-old brother, said the boy was following him and a cousin across the slick two-lane road from their grandmother's house toward their home when a pickup rounded the bend.

Christian Fore, killed in snow-related wreck Boy dies after running in front of pickup on icy Lee road

"He walked across the road, and I told him not to go, but he did," Hardin said Monday.

He said he tried to pull Christian out of the truck's path but couldn't.

"It was right there in front of me," he said. "It's painful."

The driver, Christopher Womack, 38, of Sanford, was traveling at between 35 and 40 mph, authorities said. The speed limit along Black's Chapel Road is 55 mph.

No charges will be filed against Womack, authorities said, because Christian was wearing dark clothes and darted into the truck's path.

Christian, a second-grader at Greenwood Elementary School, loved the snow, according to his brother. He also was eager to ride a BMX bike he got for Christmas.

"(He) had plans to get out and ride (Monday), but I guess that's not going to happen," Hardin said.

Hardin's grandfather also died this year.

"It's kind of hard, you know. We've been through a lot this year," he said.

The family is seeking financial help and is asking for donations to be sent to Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home in Sanford.

Four people were killed in traffic wrecks across North Carolina on Sunday. The Highway Patrol responded to 2,385 calls for assistance statewide.

In Johnston County, 6-year-old Jace Cole of Greenville died late Sunday when his mother's pickup hit a patch of ice on a U.S. Highway 70 bridge a couple of miles south of Clayton and flipped several times in the median, authorities said.

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  • anonemoose Dec 29, 2010

    Did I hurt somebody's widdle feewings by making fun of the headline?? (BTW, that they did change) Poor widdle liberals, can't even make fun of the headline writers anymore without having some little thin skinned feel gooder having to hit the abuse button. Boo hoo

  • miyata Dec 29, 2010

    Wow! some of these comments are cold. I guess some of us have run out of empathy. This was a tragic accident and it always amazes me when people have that it could never happen to me attitude.

  • ptfarmer2 Dec 28, 2010

    it seems so easy for people to judge others but dont want u judging them written by p.t.farmer

  • michaelclay Dec 28, 2010

    People this was an accident. When most of us were seven we were crossing streets by our selfs. I was walking to school alone as I was the oldest of 3 kids. To blame the parents who are already suffering is just stupid. By the way many grown people are accidently hit by car.

  • arod00018 Dec 28, 2010

    I understand about having kids, I have to agree with 'btneast". This poor family is dealing with the loss of a child and some of you are blaming them. Thats why its an accident, you try to protect your children, but things happen. My heart goes out to this family. the younger brother was just following his older 14 year old brother, who Im sure the parents believe is quite capable of going across a street to his grandmothers house.

  • chenliliu3 Dec 28, 2010

    You know something - I have had 4 kids (now grown) and I would NEVER let them walk in the dark and snow from Grandma's house to ours. Sorry, but it was completely preventable.

  • btneast Dec 28, 2010

    This was a completely preventable tragedy - no child of any age should be walking around out in the dark and snow. I agree with the poster who said the parents or someone needed to get up off the couch and pick these children up. Very, very sad.

    You don't know that the parents were'nt out in the yard with them, and just were out of reach from him. To ASSUME they were oblivious and sitting on the couch is wrong. Sounds like you have never had kids. You train them as best you can, but no one can be within grabbing reach 24/7/365. Seven years old is old enough to have some distance from mommy....that is, if you ever expect them to grow up and make decisions on their own.

  • wfisher Dec 28, 2010

    My Heart and prayers goes out to the friends and family of this young man for this sad tragedy.

  • chenliliu3 Dec 28, 2010

    This was a completely preventable tragedy - no child of any age should be walking around out in the dark and snow. I agree with the poster who said the parents or someone needed to get up off the couch and pick these children up. Very, very sad.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Dec 28, 2010

    This is why I overreact when my kids don't look both ways. It's the scariest thing as a parent, trying to teach kids that trains and cars drive in certain areas and they will kill you without a problem so you better be careful.

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