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Teen pedestrian killed in Durham

Posted March 20, 2015
Updated March 22, 2015

— A 14-year-old pedestrian died Friday after being hit by a car in Durham, police said.

Jaydn Wilkins, of Durham, was running across North Duke Street at Stadium Drive at about 4 p.m. and was hit by a Toyota Camry driven by Dianne Barnes of Raleigh, according to police.

According to witnesses, Wilkins was carrying a skateboard under his arm at the time of the incident. Wilkins was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

According to investigators, Wilkins did not have the right of way at the time of the incident. Alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors.

The southbound lanes of Duke Street and one northbound lane were closed for approximately two hours after the incident.

No additional information was immediately available.


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  • Anthony Wrenn Mar 20, 2015
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    I have dash-cam footage of four kids two weeks ago running across Durham FRWY at about 4pm about 2 or 3 min from the VA. . One with a skateboard started running as I approached him. I thought he was going to go right in front of me but he went behind me. Scared me to death. I was worried for these kids so much I kept checking the news to see if one got hurt. Well here it is. Terrible. I knew it was coming.

  • Anne Havisham Mar 20, 2015
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    How sad for everyone involved.

    Regardless of how this occurred, may there be more support for Jayden Wilkins' family and friends and for Dianne Barnes than there is speculation by people who are not experts in investigating incidents like this one.