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11-year-old hit by car in Kings Grant neighborhood

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An eleven-year-old boy is in critical condition after a car hit him in the Kings Grant neighborhood of New Hanover County Wednesday night. The driver is a 24-year-old man who lives nearby. Troopers said he was driving the speed limit in the neighborhood and is not facing charges. They also said the boy was walking in the middle of the dark street in dark clothing. The boy is being transferred to a hospital in Charlotte for further treatment. The names of the driver and the boy who was hit have not been released.

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CHILD HIT BY CAR IN KINGS GRANT

IT IS DARK ON THE STREETS OF KINGS GRANT AT 7 IN THE EVENING. I PASS BY CHILDREN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD EVERYDAY AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT MOST OF THE KIDS AROUND THIS AGE AND OLDER REFUSE TO MOVE OUT OF YOUR WAY, THEY'LL GLARE, CUSS AND FLIP YOU OFF, JUST LAST WEEK I DROVE PAST 3 YOUNG MEN WALKING DOWN LORD THOMAS AROUND 5:30 pm AND ONE OF THE BOYS WAS WALKING WITH HIS JEANS AROUND HIS ANKLES AND HIS BOXES SHOWING, I KNOW HE JUST WANTED A REACTION, HE'S BEING SILLY. I JUST THOUGHT THAT I WISH HIS PARENTS HAD SEEN THEIR LITTLE ANGEL.....WOULDN'T THIS HAVE BEEN INDECENT EXPOSURE? I PRAY THE YOUNG BOY RECOVERS AND TO ALL DRIVERS SLOW DOWN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF YOU LIVE THERE YOU HAVE TO KNOW THERE'S CHILDREN AROUND..

No street lights?

I can't help but scratch my head because this accident was entirely avoidable. It seems that in it's rush to annex the monkey junction area, the city forgot to make upgrades to the Kings Grant community. I may be wrong, but Kings Grant was annexed years ago I thought. With the process directed by the city, these residents were supposed to have access to water, sewer, and the usual things the city hypes when it needs to grab another huge chunk of tax base. Why then, when the city finally got around to the annexation, the residents had to wait years for the opportunity to hook up. And the streets are just as dark now as before the power grab by the city. This is another case of the city, grabbing the money, but not living up to the responsibilities that annexation should mean. To the family, my heart goes out to you. To the driver, this was a horrible accident. TO the city, when you promise improvements to communities to justify grabbing more money, DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISES. Monkey Junction residents, there are areas that still are waiting for "city services". Everyone should make sure the city delivers what it has promised elsewhere, before letting them into your wallets.

FWI

Kings Grant is still part of the County

You're Wrong

Kings Grant has been annexed, and the people of that neighborhood have been robbed...where's a good class-action attorney when you need one, because those residents truly have a case.

Kings Grant is NOT in the city.

King's Grant is definitely not within the city limits. Check any map. Again, contact your County Commissioners to help you...

Really....are you sure about

Really....are you sure about that? When was Kings Grant annexed? Why is it that when something happens deputies respond and not City Cops. The City limit stops on the South side of MLK

King's Grant???

Ummmm -- the city didn't annex King's Grant. It is NOT within city limits. Check your facts first, then contact the County Commissioners who take great care of the unincorporated county.

Kings Grant

Sorry, maybe it's Creekwood. There's another subdivision adjacent to Kings Grant. I thought I saw one of these areas had been annexed. If I'm incorrect, apologies. Still, these neighborhoods are long established and should have some streetlights. The city or county governments, along with the state are very efficient at taxation without any benefits. If Julia Boseman wants to help, a one year moratorium on annexation isn't the answer. Maybe she should sponsor a bill which requires city and county governments to actually provide the services due at the time of annexation. Otherwise it's money for nothing.

Standing Next To You...

I totally agree with you. And I can tell you that while the King's Grant neighborhood was under consideration back when Corning was annexed, it never was. There were some serious sewer & stormwater issues in the neighborhood which the county was supposed to fix. That never got done, so the neighborhood never got annexed. Guess it was too much for the city to do alone? Who knows. The main problem with the last annexation was that the city bit off more than they could chew -- the area was huge. More than twice the size of the MJ area. Plus the city tried to avoid condemning property in order to get water & sewer lines in since a lot of property owners did not want to negotiate easements. One other thing to remember is that if it's a private neighborhood (isn't Creekwood owned by WHA?) then the city can't do anything about streetlights. Only if it's a publicly maintained roadway. Very tragic accident, though, no matter what the reason.

It happened right after 6pm

It wasn't like the boy was out at midnight wandering the streets on a school night. The boys had been playing ball that afternoon. I actually passed the boys on my way home around 5:30.

Actually it happened around

Actually it happened around 7pm and it is dark at the time...and there is no excuse for being in the middle of the road. If they wanted to play basketball, there is a park right around the corner

While accidents happen, how

While accidents happen, how does anyone know that the driver wasn't speeding? The boy may have had on dark clothing but as light as his complexion is, he would be easy to see. Also, why aren't there any lights on the street? That's a concern that most parents' should worry about. I pray that the boy injured will be just fine.

Victims

There are two victims her the driver and the young man hit. I pray that he makes a full recovery. But one question why was this boy out after dark walking in the middle of the street and not at home on a school night. Where were his parents? Has supervising your child become a thing of the past because more and more children run the streets unsupervised everyday and when bad things happen to them everybody wonders why. Pay attention to your children and they just might grow up and prosper I'm a parent I know what I'm talking about.

hit victim and unsupervised children

I too am a parent and first of all you should be careful in regards to what you say about the parents. There are millions of single parent households out here and no financial assistance to care for them whether it be because of dead beat parents, death, or just plain absent. You have those of us who have had to take on the job of leaving our kids at home so we can go to work and provide for them making it almost impossible to survive in this society without work. Do you not think that we want to be with our kids? I am sure that if you take a poll you will see that we would rather stay and make sure that there safety is well kept but the same thing could happen to the children if the parent was around and looking/walking at/with them. You should be more supportive to the parents instead of always quick to judge them. Or better yet, give encouraging words, positive programs, or a good paying job so that they can be more attentive to their children's needs. Nothing is more nerve recking than people looking down on others for trying and not relying on the system to take care of them. At 11, they are not babies and yes they should have been inside but all these kids were doing was trying to go home from a responsible individuals home from across the street. the drunk drivver on the other hand is who the focus needs to be on at this time! Sincerely angry parent.

You need to learn to read

The driver was not charged with drunk driving, or speeding. You are right you don't need to look down on others, and blame this young person for DRUNK DRIVING when they were not charged with anything. Learn to read and keep your kids out of the street.

where......

Did it say the driver was drunk? KG is not well lit and the lights they have are most often blocked out by overgrown trees or full of dead bugs blocking the light. It gets dark early and it did not say what time this happened. Granted people speed through there, it is a shortcut from Market to 40. Not all parents are responsible as you know and not all of them want to be with their kids. Some parents do not have the patience for their children. Sad but true. This is one reason we see so many young people with problems today. Not saying this is the situation here. Either way it is a horrible occurrence. Hope the little boy is alright.

Where in any of this story

Where in any of this story does it say the driver was drunk? You need to watch what you say too.