Father, Son Killed On Highway 17 Just Minutes Apart

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

A father who tried to keep oncoming cars from running over his injured son, was struck himself on Highway 17. Both were killed.

It happened Saturday night outside of Vanceboro.

State troopers say 16-year-old Stephen Hollowell was crossing the highway with a friend when he became scared by a neighbors dog. Witnesses tell WITN News the teenager didn't look before running out into the road.

The 12-year-old who was with Hollowell then ran to alert the victim's father who lived nearby. That's when troopers say the father, also named Stephen Hollowell, ran out into the road and got hit while trying to stop traffic.

Troopers say the teenager died at the scene, while his dad died enroute to the hospital.

Neither driver will be charged in connection with the deaths.


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  • by arkira hunter Location: woodrow wilson on Nov 23, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    prayers and lovee to the family
  • by Emily Location: chesapeake on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    My name is emily.i am a friend of stephanie hollowell, and her sister megan.it was devastating what happend to her brother and her father, and just minutes apart to. what has our society come to. the people didnt even stop. and the people who werent looking. i realize mistakes and accidents happen but they didnt have to hapen in a row
  • by E'kara Cowles Location: chespeake on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    STEPHNY IS MY FRIEND AND I FEEL SO BAD ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HER DAD.SO THE WIFE THAT SAID THOSE JERKISH THINGS WAIT TILL SOMTHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS TO YOUR HUSBAND.
  • by Stephanie HOLLOWELL Location: Chesapeake on Mar 12, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    I am Stephen's sister and Buddy's daughter. I miss them so much.It's ben a year and me and my lil. sister are still taking it day by day. It's really made me realize how beautiful life realy is. My dad was madd cool and he called me his Stick Girl. Stephen my bro. was my BEST friend. We told each other everything. I KNOW you two are in a better place now. Forever and always love Stephy
  • by jessica hague Location: chesapeake Va on Dec 8, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    okay soo its been about nine months since stephen hollowell has passed and it stil gets to me everytime i look at his picture, everytime i see his sisters in school everytime i wake up he pops into my mind he meant and still means soo much to me me and him had our ups and downs bt that just made our relationship stronger. i love yew stephen and always will u are and always will be in my heart forever and ever!!
  • by a girl Location: edenton on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    I remember when Stephen first moved into the house on my street, I thought finally I have someone to hang out with. But we only got the chance to hang out a couple of times. I just hope where ever Stephen and Stephen are they're both ok. <3 My prayers go out to their family and close friends.
  • by Wendy Location: Chesapeake on Apr 4, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    I knew steven since the 6th grade. he was a good friend. He always had a sence of humor and he was also a very smart boy. He told me several times that he wanted to be a computer person and i know that if he would of had the chance to live his life he would of accomplished his goal. I pray to God that he and his father made it to heaven. You will be missed steven!
  • by Elisa Location: Chesapeake on Mar 31, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    I knew Stephen since middle school he was one of the nicest people you could of ever known. He pushed to always be better at whatever it was.And was always determined to never give up. I'll MISS YOU FOREVER!!! {Stephen}
  • by hollie Location: virginia on Mar 31, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    he was a great person with a great heart im so sorry for what happen to your family and close frfiends of his. i know its hard and just so painful with that on your shoulders but just know god is in your lifes and in your heeart and stepehn is a angel in heaven looking down on his wonderful family smiling cause he is so gretaful for the memories he spent with them. Mrs. Melinda im so sorry and i know your having a hard time but know you have a sweet great son who im sure always loved you and your girls and will always be your loveing guardian angel. Dont ever give up. He wouldnt. dont let anone down keep living and live strong and show him you are going to take care of yourself and your lovely girls and your family. God bless yawl!! -a friendd stepehn went to school with :) he will be misseeedd :(
  • by Samantha Location: Goines on Mar 31, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    Stephen, we didnt know each other for a long while, but i rember when you and jessica dated. you made her the happiest person ever. We me and her were down, we can count on you to bring a smile upon our faces, My heart goes out to you and your family, and you will be missed dearly.. i love you and miss you
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