Toddler dies after being hit by vehicle in Harnett County, officials say


ANGIER, N.C. (WNCN) – A 23-month-old has died after being struck by a vehicle at a home on Highway 55 Tuesday afternoon near Coats, officials confirmed with CBS North Carolina.

UPDATE: GoFundMe started to help family of toddler killed in Harnett County

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Around 11:30 a.m., Jaida Jones was in the driveway of a home in the 3400 block of Highway 55 in Coats when they were hit, officials said.

The vehicle that hit Jones was being driven by an adult family member.

Jones was pronounced dead at Central Harnett Hospital at 12:25 p.m., the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

A law enforcement official could be seen at the residence’s driveway taking photos by an orange Hummer.

The Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating the incident but also said it believes Jones’ death was a “tragic accident.”

Neighbor Sonja Mitchell told CBS North Carolina she came outside and heard screaming.

“All I could see was people running and screaming and carrying on,” Mitchell said. “I’ve been crying and praying ever since.”

Neighbors say the family in the home moved to the area about a year ago from Chicago.

“I was sorry when I heard what happened to the little girl today because she was cute as a button. But other than that, just really nice people,” said neighbor Jacob Genopolos.

Neighbors also said that they are a nice family that mostly keeps to themselves.

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