ERWIN, N.C. (WNCN) – A 14-year-old boy was hit and killed Tuesday night in Harnett County when a driver went off the road and hit him.
James McLeod of Ashe Avenue in Dunn was killed. Friends told WNCN he was a student at Triton High School.
“I automatically began crying because he was one of my first boyfriend’s. I had a lot of connection to him,” said Ashli Overby..
“He was just he was always happy,” said another friend, Emily Allen. “He seemed, even when he was down, he just tried to make himself laugh and tell jokes. He was really sweet.”
The incident happened on Red Hill Church Road and Tobacco Barn Lane around 4:23 p.m.
Cameron Pipkin, 23, was driving south on Red Hill Church Road when he ran off the right shoulder. McLeod was walking on the should of the road and was hit.
Pipkin continued driving and went through a fence and into a neighbor’s yard.
Pipkin was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He was placed under a $1,000 secured bond.
UPDATE: Father of James McLeod calls his death senseless
“It’s terrible you know,” said John Wilkins, a neighbor at the scene. “The man, I don’t know what happened but he traveled some 400 feet or something close to that. It’s just a sad thing.”
But Wilkins said the area is a dangerous one, where many people do not obey the speed limit.
“We’ve complained about it. It’s done no good,” Wilkins said.
“He should of at least been more awake until he got home or to his destination because that he killed an innocent person.”