12-year-old NC boy killed in hit-and-run

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) — A 12-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Greensboro late Thursday night, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Dorien Pearsall (Family photo/WFMY)
Dorien Pearsall (Family photo/WFMY)

Officials say Dorien Raphal Pearsall was hit by a car traveling south on Ward Road from East Market Street around 11:10 p.m. Pearsall was later pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital shortly before midnight. Guilford Country Schools’ Spokesperson Nora Murray said Pearsall attended Eastern Guilford Middle School and students and staff have been told. He also played football at Peeler Rec Center.

Eastern Middle Principal Chris Tolliver sent the following statement after hearing what happened,

The Eastern Middle family is devastated by this news. We have reached out to his family to offer our support and are working to help our students through this difficult time. We ask everyone to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.”

Highway Patrol says the car struck the boy in the travel lanes and fled after the collision. The car involved is believed to be a dark blue BMW 7 Series. Troopers believe the vehicle is a 2003 to 2009 model and has damage to the passenger side with a missing right-side mirror.

If you have any information that could help investigators, contact the N.C. State Highway Patrol at (336) 334-5500.

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