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Witness recalls Moore Co. wreck that killed child, injured four

Posted February 15, 2013

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— It was still early – not yet 7 a.m. Thursday – when Billy Barefoot heard the crunch of metal outside and a frantic knock on the door of his home on Star Ridge Road in Carthage

“It sounded like a plane crash,” he said. “I went to the front door. Somebody was pounding on it. I opened it up, and the guy handed me a 2-year-old baby.”

Moore County wreck Man helps crash victims who knocked on his door

The man at the door was 19-year-old Sedrick Belk, who was driving a Chevrolet Equinox that had just run off the road and flipped. There were four children in the car, including the boy in his arms, Julius “Ju-Ju” Johnson.

“I stepped out on the porch, and I turned around and screamed to the wife, ‘There’s dying babies! Get out here!’” Barefoot recalled.

Sedrick Belk told Barefoot that the vehicle had blown a tire. He was just a mile away from Ju-Ju’s grandparents’ house, where the toddler was going to spend the day getting hugs from Nana and Papa.

But the crash brought him to Barefoot’s door.

“It stopped way over there,” Barefoot said, pointing to where the mangled vehicle had ground into the dirt. “It just rolled over and over and over, spitting out kids.”

Three medical helicopters were on the way.

Ju-Ju’s 4-year-old brother, Robert, was thrown out. His skull was cracked, and Barefoot’s daughter gave him CPR.

A sister, Jameeah Belk, 11, had blood streaming out of gashes in her head.

And there was Ju-Ju. He had a cut on his throat, and he didn’t make a sound.

“It wasn’t even bleeding,” Barefoot said. “He was just looking at me. I kept saying, ‘Little man, you’ll be all right.’”

But Ju-Ju died in the hospital from internal bleeding. Robert and Jameah remained in pediatric intensive care Friday morning.

The fourth child, Demarie Johnson, was unhurt.

Family members gathered at Nana’s house Friday morning to console each other.

“He was a bundle of joy,” said Ju-Ju’s aunt, LaToya Belk. “He will be greatly missed. Valentine’s Day will never be the same.”

She said the family is grateful that Demarie was spared from injury.

"He's walking around like nothing ever happened," she said. "It's amazing, you know, how he came home with nothing. And we thank God for that."

The State Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck, and no charges have been filed. Troopers said the vehicle had two booster seats but not the child-restraint seats required for toddlers.
 

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  • Lightfoot3 Feb 18, 9:23 a.m.

    "I know people will hop me for saying this..." - miseem


    And you were right! In today's society, no good deed goes unpunished. But don't let that stop you. While it may be obvious, I still use cases like this and others to drive the point home and use as an example. There are still people that don't follow the law, or basic safety rules. Maybe the more times they hear the obvious, it might finally click and be put in practice. Keep on posting!


    "Miseem really? The article says it all! Why the need to further say anything except....the entire situation is very sad." - claudnc


    So we can't tell from the article that "the entire situation is very sad"?

  • claudnc Feb 15, 7:44 p.m.

    Miseem really? The article says it all! Why the need to further say anything except....the entire situation is very sad.

  • jackflash123 Feb 15, 7:12 p.m.

    Yeah, we know. And this story makes it obvious enough that you don't have to use this opportunity to rub it in.

  • raleighlynn Feb 15, 7:10 p.m.

    miseem, you are right, of course, but as always, hindsight is 20/20. What a horrible thing to have happen. And thanks to the Barefoots' daughter for knowing CPR and doing her best to save a life. CPR is NOT hard to learn, and you might save lives. I have.

  • miseem Feb 15, 6:40 p.m.

    I know people will hop me for saying this, and I am sorry for the death of a child and serious injuries to others, but child seats and seat belts save lives and reduce injuries. Some accidents are unsurvivable, but getting thrown out of a vehicle at 50 MPH does not improve your odds. Despite what your cousin/friend/co-worker says about being saved by not having a seat belt on. A few people have survived jumping from a plane without a parachute or a malfunctioning parachute, but I would not recommend that either. Buckle up, put your kids in appropriate infant or child seats. Make it a habit. Then, maybe even new teenage drivers will do it. And families can go through this less often.