CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – The family of the 12-year-old boy hit and killed by a vehicle Monday afternoon in Clayton said they are relying are their faith to make it through the tragedy.
On Tuesday, officials identified the boy as Gerardo Munoz Galvan.
Around 4 p.m., Jahquawn Brinkley and Gerardo Galvan had just left their homes at the Alta Mobile Home Park to play basketball across the street. Police said Gerardo ran across Lombard Street/N.C.-42 and was struck by a four-door Buick, said Stacy Beard with the Town of Clayton.
“I think he ran too fast and he didn’t see it at all because I didn’t even see it until the last minute when he got hit,” Brinkley said.
Emergency responders attempted to resuscitate Galvan but were unsuccessful, Beard said.
Brittany Cruz, Galvan’s aunt said, “The last time I talked to him was at our Christmas party. He told me when he was leaving, ‘I’ll see you later.’ I was like, ‘I’ll see you later too.’”
Brinkley said the incident is surreal for him as well.
He described Galvan as his best friend.
The two went to school together, played outside and rode their bikes together every day.
“This morning, I was gonna knock on his door but I remembered like he’s no here. It’s sad,” Brinkley said.
Galvan’s family said they’re relying on faith to cope. They also have no ill feelings toward the driver involved.
“As for right now, no one blames the driver. We all know it was an accident,” Cruz said.
No charges will be filed in the incident.