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Raleigh teen recovering after being hit by car while sledding

Posted February 18, 2015

A 13-year-old boy was home recovering Wednesday, a day after a close call with a car while he was sledding outside his north Raleigh home.

Joel Camplejohn broke his jaw, injured his left arm and had to have his teeth wired shut following the wreck that left him shaken. There's also a big bruise on his temple.

"Overall, I'm not in a lot of pain, which is nice," he said.

The homeschooler was with his sister and mother sledding outside their house on Clear Brook Drive. His mother saw a car coming and yelled, but Camplejohn didn't hear her or the vehicle.

"The next thing I knew, there was a car in front of my face, and I blacked out for a couple of seconds," Joel said. "Then, I was underneath the car."

"It still hasn't really set in that I was actually hit by a car," he added.

It wasn't just a scary situation for the teen.

His father, Chris Camplejohn, was upstairs in the home working and just happened to look out the window.

"I saw him go under the front of the car," he said. "I jumped out of my chair, just in a panic. When you see that happen, the worst things go through your mind immediately."

Chris Camplejohn said he dashed out of the house into the street, where he found his son conscious. He then called 911.

The driver of the car – a neighbor – won't be charged, and the Camplejohns say they don't hold a grudge against him.

"It's nowhere near his fault," Joel Camplejohn said.

Chris Camplejohn said he called the driver Tuesday night.

"We want him to be freed up from any false sense of guilt," he said.


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  • Peter Panda Feb 19, 2015
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    Homeschooled. Enough said

  • Lorna Schuler Feb 19, 2015
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    Ummmmmm..... the story says that mom was outside with her kids sledding/watching them. Dad was upstairs working and just happened to look up at that moment.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Feb 18, 2015
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    I hope this kid makes a complete recovery. That said, this kid was not hit by a car, the car was hit by this kid. The car (driver) was doing everything completely right. If the kid's father felt it necessary to watch from the worm comfort of his home office, he should have been smart enough to watch this kid from the cold, outside, wind blown outdoors. It's too bad that a kid has to suffer from the stupidity of an adult.

  • Paul Hill Feb 18, 2015
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    All's well that ends well. All parties involved are ok. No panties bunched.

  • Rob Powell Feb 18, 2015
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    What's next? Some thin ice skating?

  • Rob Powell Feb 18, 2015
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    Not a good advertisement for the quality of home schooling.

  • Rob Powell Feb 18, 2015
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    A better, less impartial, and more accurate headline would have been "Raleigh teen recovering after sledding into path of car."

  • Guy Percy Feb 18, 2015
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    I was going down a small side street off of Lynn Rd yesterday adn saw some kids in the street with sleds. Saw some parents standing there and looked and saw a small girl 4-5 years old at the top of a driveway. The road was COVERED I was going as slow as I could but if I stopped I'd go into a slide. The parents waved for me to watch out for the girl. WHY WAS NOBODY WITH HER TO TELL HER NOT TO SLIDE? I just shook my head and shrugged. Take responsibility for your kids. I'd be destroyed if I hurt a kid.

  • Rob Powell Feb 18, 2015
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    WRAL's choice of words implies the car was somehow to blame. He was not "hit by the car," he was negligently sledding, with the full permission of his parents, and under the supervision of his mother, on a public roadway. Perhaps he can be excused for being less than intelligent, based on his age, but his parents cannot. Charges would be filed in some places, for reckless endangerment of a child.

  • Carl Sommer Feb 18, 2015
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    Grade "C" reporting.
    - Why is it important that the family homeschools? (irrelevant detail)

    - Why doesn't this story mention if the young man was wearing a helmet or not? (relevant detail)