Neighbors, DOT Discuss Onslow Co. Street Safety After Child Hit By Car

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

A little boy clipped by a car on a busy roadway in Onslow County is recovering while more concern is growing about the intersection where he was hit.

The numbers of collisions are going down on Sand Ridge Road in Onslow County while concerns go up after the accident Wednesdsay. People who live and work nearby agree you've got to be extra cautious at the intersection near Crown Point Road.

June sixth last year 11-year-old Katelynn Long tried darting across the street, but she never made it. She was hit by a vehicle and died. Less than a year later, a 12-year-old by tried to do the same thing. Troopers say a car swerved to avoid Sebastian Driggers, but the car still hit the boy's side. Driggers was still at the hospital Thursday.

Some say the responsibility is on the people crossing the street- not the people who maintain it.

Carly Swain asked Jon Davis "Is it dangerous?"
"I don't believe so. You've just gotta be more mindful," said Davis

Another nearby resident said the 45 mile an hour speed limit is too high.

DOT says it does not need to do anything with the intersection saying along Sand Ridge Road in 2009 there were 77 collisions, 73 in 2010, and 66 last year. So the numbers are going down.

The DOT tells us if residents in that area want a change at that intersection they need to contact the local DOT office and offer some specific solutions.

A child was sent to the hospital Wednesday night after he was hit by a car.

The Highway Patrol says about 5:40 pm, 12-year-old Sebastian Driggers of Hubert was hit as he was crossing Sand Ridge road near Crown Point road in front of his home to meet up with friends.

Troopers say he only looked one way and didn't see the car.

The driver was able to slow down, but couldn't avoid hitting the boy. She will not be charged.

Troopers say the boy could have a head fracture, but it it appears he'll recover.

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  • by Mrs. X Location: Sandridge road on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    Maybe some of you should know what you are talking about before you speak. Sandridge Rd has a terrible death rate. The area from Monster's Pizza to the Dollar General is a hot spot for accidents. As for children, yes they should be taught to look both ways. Some do, some don't, but they are children and highly incapable of gaging the speed of a car coming their way. As for the DOT... its called a crosswalk and its worth a try before another person is killed or injured. After all it is adults as well as kids who have been hurt/killed out here.
  • by MC Jamal Location: mean streets on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    If this would have happened in a wealthy neighborhood the DOT would have taken a different stand.
  • by rock Location: hubert on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM
    parents should teach their kids to look on both sides of the road more than once before crossing. its fine to walk around through the neighborhood on the opposite side of the street so they can see oncoming traffic and stay a few feet from the pavement but if a kid is trying to get across a busy road to visit a friend or whatever the case their parent should drive them over there.
  • by Me on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
    Before blaming kids all of you. Please keep in mind 3 year old dont know any better. My son is 6 and disabled and he doesnt know any better either. There are lots of reasons. The drivers need to slow down and be considerate!
  • by Harry Paratesties Location: Jacksonville on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    Nothing in the world of common sence has ever or will ever change! Get a grip on reality, all of you! Is it now going to be up to the government to teach your kids how to cross or be near the road safely!? Talk about a lack of education, here it is in it's purest form!
  • by Linda Location: Hubert, NC on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    After listening to the news today and hearing the comment about slowing the traffic. Slowing the traffic will NOT help if people do not look both ways before crossing a very busy road such as Sandridge. In Defensive Driving you are taught to look as far out both ways and also close both ways. That should be the way it is when people walk across streets that are heavily traveled.
  • by J Location: Hubert on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
    The kids that live in this area like to jump in front of cars like it's a game. They've done it to me, my husband, my friends and their family members. They walk along the street, jump in front of a vehicle a few feet ahead of it and then jump back. I'm not saying this is necessarily the case here, but it gets old. Kids walk down the road in the neighborhoods and take up the ENTIRE road without moving out of the cars' way until one has to lay on the horn and yell at them. Personally, I don't think that any child should be allowed to cross this road without a parent, but maybe his parents were unaware of what was going on.
  • by Kelly Myers Location: 37 Riegel Dr. on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    Yes Please any and everyone please dont let ur children walk across that rd alone anymore.... Two kids now think god the boy live's witch I could say the same about the lil girl! Something dose need to be done...
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      by Harry Paratesties on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:32 PM in reply to Kelly Myers
      Yes, something deos need to be done. Teach your stupid kids to slow down, stop, look both ways, and then cross the road! Look people, nothing in the world of common sence has ever or will ever change! Stop thinking that government can fix personal stupidity! Wake up and get a grip on reality!
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        by rachael on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to Harry Paratesties
        it was my "stupid" kid that was hit and i agree he should havce slowed down and looked where he was going. i also hope that nothing like this ever happens to you and or ur stupid loved ones.
  • by TT Location: Hubert on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    I live on Sand Ridge Road and everyone flies down it. Drivers, please slow down. Police, please enforce it. Parents, don't let your kids anywhere near that road!
  • by Me on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:50 AM
    SLOW DOWN!!!!! I see people race in parking lots and fly down roads well above the speed limit. Folks, children run out in front of cars all the time. I am so sorry for this child. Teens and the childless need to keep in mind there are little kids everywhere.
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