Jaywalking mom, 2 kids struck, injured on N. Tryon

Jaywalking mom, 2 kids struck, injured on N. Tryon


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 3:35 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A mother and her two young boys were injured when they were hit by a tow truck on North Tryon Street Tuesday morning.

The incident happened in the 2500 block of North Tryon Street near West 30th Street around 7:30 a.m.

The mother and her oldest son suffered life-threatening injuries and the youngest child suffered potentially life-threatening injuries, according to Medic.

A witness to the accident told NBC Charlotte that the mother and her two children were waiting in the middle of the road on two double lines before the accident.

As they went to cross the street the tow truck pulled out of a Bojangles' parking lot onto North Tryon and hit the mother and two kids, according to the witness.

The older boy, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was pushed into a car after being hit by the tow truck, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

A witness said the younger son was able to get up and walk to the curb.  

A man who witnessed the accident and called 911 said he was traumatized by the incident. 

"It's hard," said Scott McCall. "You don't expect to see something like that, especially children.  That is, you know, my first reaction was, as hard as they got hit, I thought it killed them."

All three victims were taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

The only person facing charging so far, is the driver of the inbound car, who struck the boy after he was thrown into her lane.  Police cited her for driving with a revoked license. 

Police closed part of North Tryon for two hours while they investigated the accident. They reopened the street around 10:15 a.m.

NBC Charlotte monitored the intersection where the accident happened Tuesday afternoon and watched dozens of pedestrians jaywalk in the same spot, a few feet from a crosswalk at N. Tryon Street & E. 28th Street. 

Neighbors say jaywalking along N. Tryon Street outside Uptown has been a problem for years, with no clear explanation.

"Guess they think they're gonna get to they're main destination quicker than going to the crosswalk," said Fred Johnson, who lives nearby.

McCall said that few extra seconds could've spared a mother a lot of grief Tuesday morning.

"She could've taken 30 more seconds, walked to the crosswalk, waited, and crossed over," said McCall.