Driver charged after 2 children hit, killed by truck

Driver charged after 2 children hit, killed by truck

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 2:17 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two children were killed after being struck by a truck at a west Charlotte intersection Wednesday morning, and the driver has been charged.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said that 1-year-old Jeremy Brewton and 5-year-old Kadrien Pendergrass were walking with their father just after 8 a.m. when they were struck by a box truck at the intersection of Shady Lane and West Tyvola Road.

The two brothers were transported to Carolinas Medical Center where they later died from their injuries.

Police said the father was walking the two brothers to Dixon Academy childcare off of West Boulevard when a Sears box truck hit the two boys at the intersection.

"The kids were great, happy kids," Dixon Academy owner Roslyn Dickson said. "They were here everyday. Our hearts are heavy, our teacher hearts are heavy. It's very painful."

The boys were walking with their father and a their infant sister. The father was struck but not injured, and the infant is OK as well.

The intersection where the two boys were hit had no sidewalk. 

"They normally have to walk in the road because, if you notice, there is no walkway," neighbor James Bouler said of the intersection.

"It was only a matter of time before someone was injured or killed on this street," said one woman who did not want to be identified.

Police charged the truck driver, Dirk Jerome Brown, with two counts of misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle. 

Leonard Allen said he witnessed the incident, and told NewsChannel 36 Brown did nothing to help the children after the collision.

The father "said a guy turned and (the driver) hit him first.  Then (the father) said he looked back and both of his kids were under a truck," Allen said.

Another witness tried to revive at least one of the children by performing CPR.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and the North Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the accident.

"It's all still under investigation at this point," said CMPD Lt. Todd Lontz.

Neighbors say Brown pulls into the area every day to pick up a co-worker and they noted it was foggy outside when the accident occurred.

Since 1997, there have been two pedestrian crashes in the area other than Wednesday's fatal incident, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation. 

In an email response to NewsChannel 36, CDOT said the city has identified a need for a sidewalk, but no money is available for the design or construction.

One neighbor called the city on Wednesday to request a sidewalk to replace what is currently a dirt shoulder.

A memorial website has been organized for both children, and visitors can make donations to help pay for their funerals.

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