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Man Charged After Two Children Hit By SUV

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WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — A Mount Olive man was arrested after two Wayne County middle school students were hit by an SUV early Friday morning, Goldsboro police said.

The two children, Carson Thomas and Mackinzie Wessels, both 13 and from Goldsboro, were crossing

East Ash Street

on their way to school at Greenwood Middle School at 7:30 a.m. The children had been given the "Walk" signal by the crosswalk signal and had started to cross the street, police said in a statement. Thomas and Wessels were transported to a hospital for treatment.

On Saturday afternoon, Thomas was listed in critical condition, and Wessels was in serious condition.

Luis Delgado Jesus, 23, was traveling eastbound on East Ash Street in a white, 1995 Ford Explorer, police said.

A stoplight controlling traffic on East Ash Street had given eastbound and westbound traffic a red light while the children crossed the street, police said. Jesus failed to stop at this red light and struck Thomas and Wessels who where in the crosswalk, police said in a statement. A third child, Corbin Ingles, was not struck.

Both Thomas and Wessels were transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital by Wayne County EMS units and then airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

People familiar with this stretch of road say a collision like this was inevitable.

"(You) watch kids sometimes, hear tires squalling as people screech to a halt, makes you sick, waiting for the thud," said Cheryl Johnson.

Johnson said there was a fatality in front of the school on Sunday night.

"It's a busy road, and people are always in a hurry to get where they're going," said Larry Dean, Greenwood Middle School principal. "It bothers you when you see two of your students injured."

Jesus was charged with driving with no operators license, expired registration, and expired inspection, police said. He is being held in the Wayne County Jail under a $5,000 secure bond.

The traffic crash investigation is still ongoing and additional charges involving the traffic crash are pending, police said.

The two boys are sons of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base families. Grief counselors are at the school helping other students to cope with the incident.


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