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Child hit by SUV at elementary school, dies

Posted March 29, 2010 11:17 a.m. EDT
Updated March 29, 2010 6:23 p.m. EDT

— A 3-year-old boy died after being struck by an SUV outside an elementary school in Raleigh early Sunday afternoon.

The wreck report says that the 33-year-old driver of a 2000 Ford SUV stopped when a mother and her children stepped from behind parked cars into the public-vehicular access area in front of Wild Wood Forest Elementary School. The family was leaving a soccer game at the school's field.

The driver started moving forward again when she thought the whole family had passed, but Jaciel Gomez Hernandez, of Zebulon, walked out from between the parked cars, the report says. The driver told police that she heard the boy's mother scream, then swerved to the left.

Jaciel went underneath the right rear tire of the SUV. He died from his injuries.

The boy's mother, Rafaella Hernandez, said through a translator on Monday that Jaciel was a very loving child.

No charges have been filed against the driver. Raleigh police said Jaciel's death is being ruled an accident. The wreck report says the SUV was going 5 mph when the boy was hit.