UPDATE: 73-year-old man says he didn’t realize he’d hit and killed 6-year-old boy in roadway

Fred Woodard Jr. (FJ Woodard)
Fred Woodard Jr. (FJ Woodard)(WRAL)
Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 9:51 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 at 8:25 PM EDT
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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A driver has come forward in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed a Wake County child found along the roadside Tuesday night. The 73-year-old man, who hit and killed the six-year-old boy, says it was an accident and he was not aware he was involved until he noticed his truck’s damage the next day.

Paul Wall said he was driving home from bible study Tuesday night at Benson Grove Baptist Church in Angier. He said he first learned the State Highway Patrol was looking for a white Ford F-150 while watching the news Wednesday morning.

Wall said once he realized it was his vehicle, he immediately called the authorities.

Fred Woodard Jr. was found badly injured just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, just a short walk from his home. The 6-year-old died shortly after at the hospital.

Wall says the incident was an accident and that his thoughts and prayers are with the family. At this time, no charges have been filed.



WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - North Carolina’s State Highway Patrol says that possible charges could be filed after a 6-year-old boy with autism was believed to have been struck by a truck in the Garner area.

The News & Observer reports that investigators found a truck with front-end damage that is believed to have struck the boy on Tuesday night.

Authorities identified the child as Fred Lamont Woodard Jr., also known to family as “FJ”. He was found on the shoulder of N.C. 50 near just before 11 p.m. and died at a hospital a short time later.

According to WRAL, it isn’t clear when or how the child left his home or what he was doing on the road. WRAL reports that family said, Fred had autism and did not speak much. He was a student at Wakelon Elementary School in Zebulon.

Investigators said they found a white Ford F-150 with front damage. The highway patrol said that a 73-year-old Raleigh man has been identified as the driver.

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