Star HS football player charged in fatal wreck

Star HS football player charged in fatal wreck

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on November 1, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 1 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Butler High School football player is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after police say he caused a deadly accident.

On the field Deion Walker is the guy to get the ball to, but Butler High's star running back is now the school's third player facing scrutiny in recent months.

“He didn't even want to come to school today because of what he feels other people might look at him as, so he’s at home,” says good friend and Butler High senior, Cierra Burdick.

Police arrested 17-year-old Walker on Saturday after they say he crossed in front of a motorcycle on Rocky River Road, killing the driver.

Florence Broome lives at the intersection where the accident happened. 

“I didn't see another car, I said ‘where’s the car?’ they said it was a motorcycle and I could see the motorcycle just wound up in the car,” says Broome.

“That’s just heartbreaking for him and he’s hurt real bad right now, we just want to let everyone know he’s a great person,” Burdick said.

Police also charged Walker with driving without a license -- for the second time in as many months. We confirmed with the state DMV that the high school senior has never applied for a license.

“People make mistakes, he should have had his license,” Burdick says.

But it's clear that she and many others at Butler are sticking by Walker. He's the third butler player to face trouble in recent months.

This summer the school's star quarterback left school after being caught having a sexual encounter on campus and another player was suspended after being charged with rape, although those charges were later dropped.  Even last year’s well-liked principal is currently suspended.

It’s all taking a toll on the students.

“It’s hard but we look at it as positive motivation and we just do what we have to do, work through it and support each other because we’re a family, that's what Butler is all about,” says Butler senior Mayhana Dunovant.
 

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