NEW INFO: Teen Run Over By Car Killed

A Jamesville teenager died after what the Highway Patrol calls a "unique collision" in Martin County.

Troopers say 17-year-old Richard Elbert Hardison of Jamesville died Tuesday, several hours after he was discovered pinned underneath a car in the ditch across the street from his house.

The family tells WITN the car belonged to Hardison's twin brother, who they say found Hardison in the ditch.

Hardison lived on Grey Farm Rd., about two miles outside of Jamesville near Highway 64, according to troopers. He would have been a senior this year at Riverside High School.

According to the Highway Patrol, Hardison appeared to have been pushing a car out of his driveway either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The keys were in the ignition, but the car was not running; it was in neutral. Troopers believe the car started rolling due to the slight incline on the driveway, and Hardison tried to get in front of the car to stop it from rolling further. Hardison ended up in the ditch across the road from the driveway, pinned in by the car.

The Highway Patrol says 911 got called at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, when it was discovered Hardison was pinned in the ditch. They do not know how long he had been there.

Hardison was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he survived the morning. The Highway Patrol says the teen died around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The fatal incident is under investigation.

The teen's wake will be Saturday at New Fellowship Christian Church in Williamston from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Hardison's funeral is 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Riverside High School.

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  • by To the family on Aug 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    I met your son when my son went to Jamesville. I brought my son a shirt for picture day and your son was walking beside him. Instant friends. On Tuesday night I woke up to find my son walking down the road and he said I just found out one of my friends died. Really nice young man. My heart goes out to you and your family.
  • by Tammy Location: Williamston on Aug 6, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    wow! I can ONLY imagine what this family must be going through! But my heart goes out to you all! I have 3 kids, and I don't think I would ever be the same if I ever lost one of them.God Bless you and to his twin, he will always be with you in spirit! I am crying and I do not even know this family! smh!
  • by Haley Location: Jamesville on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    Richard was a very amazing person. He will be missed dearly! He NEVER had a frown on his face and he ALWAYS knew how to make people happy when they were sad. We love you Richard!!! R.I.P. "gone but never forgotten!"
  • by Shaye Location: Jamesville on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    Richard was an AMAZING person. He knew how to make everyone laugh, he was the comic relief to everything! He will never be forgotten, my heart aches for his family..I know that this is a very sad time but I tend to like to look back and cherish the short time that we did have with him! WE LOVE YOU HARDISON FAMILY! STAY STRONG <3
  • by Kristy Location: Jamesville on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    Richard was a great friend and i have known him evaer since kindergarden. he was always someone that i could talk to and he would make things better. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Love you guys!
  • by unknown on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    This was a accident a terrible accident, we don't know the way, why or how come ,but does it really matter. Remember this young youth the way he was he sounds like a very happy person,loving people in his own way. I feel for the family and all his friends.I hope that you can find comfort in the Good Lord above for understanding and grieving process. Lets all pray for the family at their time of need.
  • by styons Location: jamesville on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    In Jamesville we were off the chisel you callin me your macknizzle. what I have to say is you were my friend the whole way never fakin keepin it real true friends thats the deal you always knew what to say to make a person have a better day "friends forever", "together till the end" thinking of the future and what it could of been you can never be replaced memories in people's hearts never erased before I bid adue theres others to mention too lets bring mr.wester to the limelight hes a good highlight wester and the boys making lots of noise playing cards and what not a time with richard they all got all bullets at heart we played our part what good times we've all had none ever bad richard an authentic friend thats true this rap belongs to you!!!!!
  • by Jasmine Location: Ayden on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    Richard you will be missed babyboy, still schocked I guess seems like just the other day we stayed up all night on the phone til you fell asleep, I love you.
  • by delia Location: greenville on Aug 4, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    what funeral home is in charge?
  • by Bernadette, Brianna & AB on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    To Pam, Richardo and the Hardison Family: We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear Son. It is our sincere prayer that God will embrace you in his loving arms and give you the strength you need to comfort you during this most difficult time.

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