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Pickup hits mother, child in Durham

Posted November 21, 2011
Updated November 22, 2011

— A pickup truck hit a mother and her 3-year-old daughter on South Alston Avenue in Durham Monday afternoon, police said.

Davonna Wilkins, 25, was leaving her house at about noon with her two young daughters when 3-year-old Shanelle Biddle, ran into the street into the path of a northbound Ford F150 pickup, police said. Wilkins ran after the girl, and the pickup hit them both.

Wilkins and Shanelle were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment. Wilkins was listed in critical condition early Tuesday. Information about Shanelle's condition was not released.

Police said speed and alcohol weren't factors in the accident, which remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed against the pickup driver, John Henry Parker, 63, of Hillsborough.


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  • hellorhighwaters Nov 21, 2011

    omg.......this is so sad. I feel for the family and the truck driver.
    Motorist should not always assume that the parents have a really tight grip on small children. They can pull away sometimes.
    That's why we as adults have to look twice when we see small children walking down the sidewalk...even when they are with Mom or Dad.

    Hoping they will both be okay. Prayers with them.

  • SouthernGirlJD Nov 21, 2011

    OMG! Prayers for the people involved!

  • illegals--GO HOME Nov 21, 2011

    Saying prayers that they recover completely and quickly.

  • SueInNC Nov 21, 2011

    Oh no, that's awful. I hope they're both ok!

  • Legally Here Nov 21, 2011

    very sad

  • BubbaDuke Nov 21, 2011

    Very sad for the truck driver.

  • Desiderata Nov 21, 2011

    The title is wrong , leaves the wrong impression. Should read something to the effect that the child walked into traffic , and the mother , trying to retrieve child, was hit by truck along with child ( now you know why I am not a journalist!)..Praying for all, especially truck driver!

  • dwr1964 Nov 21, 2011

    This is very sad for all involved. I pray for these people who were injured, but don't forget the driver of the truck who will have to live with this, forever.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 21, 2011

    This is terrible. Hope they are not hurt too bad.