Four Year-Old Dies In Car Accident

Sgt. Scott Hamby of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says a four year-old boy died Saturday afternoon after his mothers truck veered of the road and hit a sign.

The mother was driving her truck along NC 58 near Elijah Sykes Road just outside of Kinston.

The four year-old died from his injuries. The mother is 24 year-old Katie Small. She was taken to Lenior Memorial Hospital with leg injuries according to Hamby.

Sgt. Hamby says speed may have been a factor in the accident. Katie Small may face charges according to Highway Patrol.


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  • by Teresa Location: La Grange nC on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    Katie was married to my nephew, Shane was a sweetheart.always smiling she would in no way ever do anything to hurt her only child.The IN-LAWS love Katie just as much now as we did before the accident.Stacy thank you for your comment.My life will never be the same like Easter coming up Shane would be at my house looking for eggs so what makes anyone think her life is anything but a living HELL!!!!! Thank you to the lady that went to the funeral home and left your name and number for her so if she is charged you can testify for her that she was not SPEEDING to anyone out there put yourslf in her shoes for one day the in-laws believe everything happens for a reason it was Shane's time to go no matter where he was at on that Saturday a hour later he would had been with his daddy.Shane (BUTTERBALL) you r.i.p. and we will be there for your mommy and daddy they loved you with all their heart as did your grandmas granddads aunts uncles and cousins
  • by STACY Location: SCENE OF ACCIDENT on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT.HOW DARE YOU JUDGE HER WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW THE DETAILS.YOU'RE GOING ON WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD.WITN SHOULD HAVE SAID THEY BELIEVE WEATHER WAS A FACTOR NOT SPEED. THE KEY WORD HERE IS BELIEVE THEY BELIEVE SPEED WAS A FACTOR.TO THOSE WITH SUCH CRUEL,CARELESS COMMENTS.YOU WERE NOT THERE.I WAS. I WAS DRIVING BEHIND HER THE WHOLE TIME ON HWY 58 AND SHE WAS NOT SPEEDING.IT WENT FROM SPRINKLING TO A SUDDEN DOWN POUR IN THE MATTER OF SECONDS AND AT THAT POINT NO WHERE TO PULL OVER. IT SADDENS ME THAT SO MANY PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO PLAY THE BLAME GAME. YOU DIDN'T SEE THE PAIN IN HER EYES AND THE PLEADS IN HER VOICE FOR HER BABY TO LIVE. THIS IS TRAGEDY, LOSS, AND PAIN. WHY MUST YOU MAKE IT WORSE BY POINTING FINGERS. CAN WE LEAVE THIS ALONE SO WOUNDS CAN HEAL AND STOP JUDGEMENT WHEN WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE. NO ONE KNOWS THE DETAILS EXCEPT KATIE.SOMETIMES A TRAGEDY IS JUST THAT AND WE SHOULD NOT FIND SOLACE IN HOLDING HER RESPONSIBLE.
  • by Beth Location: Aiken, SC on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    NONE of you should be judging ANYONE, bottom line. Unless you were there, you don't know what happened and NONE OF YOU were there. Her truck hydroplaned plain and simple, could have happened to any of us. Pray for her and her family and hug and kiss your own kids just a little bit longer than you usually do when you see them and thank God that you can do so. Stop judging anyone who is not looking back at you in the mirror, people. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT.
  • by Beth Location: Aiken SC on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    First of all, none of you on here have a clue about what happened. I do, as my best friend for over 30 years was the first one on the scene and had been driving behind Ms. Small for some time. She DID NOT BREAK THE LAW. She WAS NOT SPEEDING. There is NO PROOF that any law was broken; all of this hooplaw and overzealousness to charge Ms. Small is a result of an overzealous highway patrolman intent on gathering a witness statement from a witness still in shock; demanding to pin her down on a speed when she had just seen the worst thing you can imagine. Ms. Small begged my friend for help for her child; NOT HERSELF BUT HER CHILD. For those of us who are parents, we cannot imagine living through such a tragedy; it was raining so hard that both of these women could barely see the road...it could have happened to any of us. Where is the expert who can examine the scene and determine that there was any law broken! There is not one! Get off your self righteous high horses...disgusting.
  • by Josh Location: Dover , NC on Mar 31, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    I agree with Mary & Wilma, It's sad this happened,but she should not be an exception when it comes to the law.when this happens again , are you going to feel the same for that person? Someone else would say you let Katie Small go, why charge me.That is why laws are made.When the law stopped me for speeding, I got a ticket and had to pay.
  • by Mary Location: Goldsboro on Mar 31, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    Although I feel sorry for the family,the law is the law.She should be charged just like anyone else.It is sad but maybe she'll learn from this and change her attitude.
  • by Al Location: Greene Co on Mar 31, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    I have a friend who is a member of the family.I feel very sorry for the MAMA she will be hurting as long as she lives. I should hope NONE of us will ever go through this. I feel my comment about her getting a ticket is correct. She should have driving at a slower speed . I know the weather was a contributing factor. Many times I have been to accidents that could have been prevented if proper driving actions had been utilized. I am not judging her. I feel for her. I have heard others wanting her charged with manslaughter. Well it is up to the DA but I feel he will not go with it nor will the Trooper who investigated the scene. This lady needs love and support and most of all PRAYERS>!!!! God bless her her family.
  • by Wilma Location: goldietown, NC on Mar 31, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    First of all, I agree with you all that she will suffer for the rest of her life. Let me say this. I don't care whether she was speeding, or whether the car hydroplaned, or whatever. Consider this: If you are speeding, there is the chance something bad will happen. For the poster that said the car hydroplaned, this is the result of SPEEDING when you should have slowed down. If the speed limit is 55, there is a ton of water on the road, you don't just slow down to 50. You slow down to 35-40. Each one of us drives a machine that will KILL every day. It may kill you, your passenger, or someone in another car. Nobody seems to get this. Driving is not a right, it's a privilege. So, I most certainly sympathize with this mom. I also hope that people learn from this and be careful in their automobiles.
  • by Kayla Location: Trenton on Mar 30, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    Katie is my aunt and I know she will suffer for the rest of her life for the lost of her son (my cousin),and I think charging her is rediculous.Also,I just want to say my prayers are with you Katie I love you,and rest in peace little cousin I will definetly miss you!
  • by Jess on Mar 30, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    To a true friend. I dont mind the being corrected. I am glad that she is not as bad as the church was saying she was. My thoughts are with her and the family.
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