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Father Of Accident Victim: I Don't Want Anyone Else To Go Through This

The father of a 17-year-old junior from Washington High School who was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday night says he keeps walking by his son's room thinking he's going to be in there, but he's not.

Aaron Spruill was hit and killed Monday night walking on River Road.

Spruill's father Darius Smith says his son wanted to be a chef and had just started conditioning with the Washington High School Football team. Smith says, "It's pretty emotional, it's good days, bad days, still haven't really sunk in yet."

Family members say that Aaron was in the area where he was hit often. The night of the accident he was staying the night at one of his friends house, but they still don't know why he was in the middle of the road.

Aaron was wearing dark clothing. That's why Smith wants to warn other parents to remind their kids of safety precautions if they do walk at night. "Make sure your kid has light clothing if they're going to be walking, if it's dark a driver can't see you, and I wouldn't want another family to have to go through this."

It's a tragedy that's not only affected his family, but the community. A moment of silence was held at Washington High School Wednesday to remember Spruill.

A student at Washington High School died late Monday night on River Road in Beaufort County.

The Highway Patrol identified the pedestrian killed as 17-year-old Aaron Spruill from Washington.

Troopers say Spruill was wearing dark clothes when he was hit near the center of River Road near Magnolia Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday. There was also oncoming traffic, according to the Highway Patrol, and the lights from the vehicles would have made seeing the person in the road even more difficult.

It's not clear if the teen was walking in the road or trying to cross it when he was struck, troopers say.

The vehicle that hit the teen was a 2003 Chrysler minivan driven by Herman Windley of Washington. Windley is not facing any charges.

Beaufort County Schools had extra counselors at the high school where Spruill was a junior.



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The Highway Patrol says the person hit by a van late Monday night was a 17 year old from Washington. Troopers are not releasing the teen's name at this time, but they expect to do so sometime this morning.

Troopers say the teen was wearing dark clothes when he was hit near the center of River Rd. near Magnolia Rd. around 11:30 p.m. Monday. There was also oncoming traffic, according to the Highway Patrol, and the lights from the vehicles would have made seeing the person in the road even more difficult.

It's not clear if the teen was walking in the road or trying to cross it when he was struck, troopers say.

The vehicle that hit the teen was a 2003 Chrysler minivan. The driver is not expected to face charges.



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A pedestrian in Beaufort County was killed Monday Night after he was hit by a passenger van.

The pedestrian was struck on River Road near Pamlico Village in Washington around 11:30 p.m. Monday night. A witness told WITN a bystander performed CPR on the victim.

The victim was then transported the Beaufort County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The name of the driver has not been released.


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