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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  • by MeMe Location: Washington on Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    He was a cool dude real funny and had love for everybody his was a person you can talk to about anything he was my pooh bear and always will be i love you bae!!
  • by Sincere Location: washington on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    Some of these comments are the most ignorant comments ever, I see that people these days do not have any compassion or care in this world...May God be with the family and comfort them in there grief and may God have mercy on some of your heartless souls....
  • by Alaundra on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:15 PM
    R.I.P Aaron, your big sister loves you, always and forever! You'll always have a special place in my heart, I miss you every second of the day!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    WITN why did you delet my comments and not Vince. He is being very rude.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
    I feel terrible for the father of this boy and can't imagine what he has to deal with. As a father of a baby boy, it would tear me apart for something like that to happen to my boy.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM in reply to Sam
      We know a couple who's teenaged-son was killed in a tragic accident too, many years ago. They said much the same as this Father; still expected he would drive in the carport after work, still get up in the mornings, etc... Losing a child is very, very difficult. I do send healing prayers to that Father, and his family.
  • by By anonymous Location: greenville on Jan 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    Ijust like to say to the people thats sending cruel comments.Please,have a heart.Lets keep this family and the driver of the car in prayer.Idont know the family but my heart goes out to you.Ipray that God gives the family and the driver strength to get through this.
  • by betty Location: aurora on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    For this young man's father and his family: I am so sorry that you are having to go through this pain. I don't know your family; I just care for another's pain. There are no words that will take away your pain, but I just wanted you to know: someone cares about your pain.
  • by anon on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    I'm glad the father spoke out on the situation. I hope that what he said strikes those who left rude comments in the heart and makes them realize how rude they were. My condolences to both families.
  • by anon on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    I'm glad the father spoke out on the situation. I hope that what he said strikes those who left rude comments in the heart and makes them realize how rude they were. My condolences to both families.
  • by anon on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    I'm glad the father spoke out on the situation. I hope that what he said strikes those who left rude comments in the heart and makes them realize how rude they were. My condolences to both families.
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