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Six-Year-Old Boy Dies After He's Hit By Car

Posted October 21, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Authorities say they are making little progress in the search to find out who killed 6-year-old Jeremiah Junior Locklear of Robeson County. He was hit by a passing car that left the scene, according to authorities.

There were three other children with Locklear. None of them were hurt.

The children were walking to a friend's house along Wiregrass Road in Lumberton when the accident occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sgt. Randy Hammond of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says they have little information about the car or driver. The only evidence, he says, is small pieces of the vehicle.

Authorities say they do believe there were two vehicles involved, a brown sedan and a van, both traveling in the same direction. The car, they say, attempted the pass the van and struck Locklear, knocking him into a ditch on the other side of the road.

The community is offering a reward. Anyone with information about the car, the van or either driver should call the state Highway Patrol at 1-800-334-7411.