CURRITUCK, N.C. (WAVY) — Police in North Carolina are investigating after an 11-year-old girl suffered serious injuries and later died after being hit by a car while walking home from school.
According to police, Julie Randel was crossing US 158 in front of Currituck Middle School on Monday afternoon with her brother. Police say they had successfully crossed the street when she ran back into the road after she realized she dropped something.
While retrieving the item, she was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound.
Randel was flown to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk with serious injuries where she later died on September 8.
In a statement to 10 On Your Side, her family said “she will forever be remembered, honored and loved by all.”
Currituck County Schools shared their condolences in a Facebook post. They also took steps to let students know that guidance counselors and support staff are available for them during this time.
Police say the driver, Daniel Deweese, stayed on the scene following the incident. It was determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Authorities also found marijuana in the vehicle.
Deweese was charged with driving while impaired and speeding in a school zone. He was booked into Currituck County Jail.
Julie’s family is seeking change for the road she was hit on. They believe a crosswalk could have prevented her accident and many other scares near the bus stop.
A petition has been created on Change.org that can be found here.
The family is asking for privacy at this time but said those who want to show their support can send money to CashApp account $hopeforjulie.
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