7-year-old boy killed in Franklin County hit-and-run; driver charged

ROLESVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A 7-year-old boy was killed late Monday in a hit-and-run collision off U.S. 401 in Franklin County, authorities said.

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The incident was reported just before 9 p.m. on Darius Pearce Road, which is off U.S. Route 401/Louisburg Road.

UPDATE: Family remembers 7-year-old boy killed in Franklin County crash

A 1997 Buick passenger vehicle, operated by Alix Feild, 29, of Youngsville was traveling on Darius Pearce Road when the vehicle struck the boy, authorities said.

Ronnie Tanner Vick, 7, of Youngsville died at the scene, officials said.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene, which was near Rolesville, about three miles southeast of Youngsville.

Angie Deel, who lives near where the incident occurred, told CBS North Carolina that Vick was able to slip out of his house and his mother and other neighbors were searching for him when he was hit by a vehicle.

A relative who answered the door at the Vick’s home said that the child, who went by Tanner, was missing only “a minute or two” before his parents realized he had left the house.

Tanner Vick in a photo with his parents (GoFundMe)
Tanner Vick in a photo with his parents (GoFundMe)

The incident was caught on the Deel family’s home surveillance system. Several people took down the license plate number as Feild left the scene, Deel said.

Troopers located Feild a short distance down the road, authorities said.

Part of Darius Pearce Road was closed late Monday night while officials investigated the scene.

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Lee Pendleton lives near the scene of the collision.

“My wife said when the mother showed up, the mother kept saying, ‘Let me see my baby! Let me see my baby!’ The police officers and others wouldn’t let her near him,” Pendleton said.

Feild was charged with driving while impaired, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said. She posted her $5,000 bond Tuesday morning. She has a scheduled court appearance on Feb. 21.

Vick was a student at Bunn Elementary School where guidance counselors will be on hand for anyone who needs support.

“The loss of any student – especially a young child – is unfathomably difficult. As a district, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vick family and we will continue to do everything we can to support them and our school community,” says Patrick Glace, Director of Communications for Franklin County Schools.

Vick was also a member of the Miracle League of Franklin County which provides recreational sports for special needs children.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the Vick family.

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