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Young Skateboarder Hit and Killed by Car Near Goldsboro

An 11-year-old – who was out skateboarding with a friend – was hit and killed by a car Friday evening north of Goldsboro.

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. — The highway patrol is investigating a deadly accident that killed a boy just north of Goldsboro.

Layne Knopick died when a car struck him around 6 p.m. Friday. The 11-year-old boy was a 6th grader at Norwayne Middle School.

“His parents are doing the best they can under these circumstances,” school principal Mario Re said.

The Highway patrol said Knopick and a friend had been riding skateboards along Church of God Road. They were walking back home when Layne's skateboard slid out into the middle of the street. He was struck while trying to retrieve the skateboard.

Layne was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“He even said he wanted to be a professional skateboarder when he grew up,” Re said.

The accident happened in front of Elizabeth Hargraves' home.

“I was shocked. I didn't know what to think," Hargraves said. “My step-dad said he talked to the driver. The driver slammed on the breaks and soon after called 911.”

Family and friends of Layne say he will be missed.

“Some of the kids won't even know until they get here [to school] Monday. Especially it being a holiday weekend,” Re said.

Troopers said they do not plan to file charges against the driver in the accident.

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