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COATS, NC (AP) — A 12-year-old Harnett County boy has died after he was struck and killed while trying to get on a school bus.

The boy was struck shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday on N.C. 27 near Coats. The victim was Adam Kempf, a seventh grader at Coats-Erwin Middle School.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says the boy was struck by a van as he crossed the road to board the bus. Forty-three-year-old Fernando Ortiz-Soto of Sanford is charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving without a license.

Neither Ortiz-Soto nor the other three people in the van were hurt.

There were about two dozen students on the bus. None of them was hurt.

It was not clear if Ortiz-Soto has an attorney.

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  • anne

    Another one – someone driving illegally, and now a child is dead. When is the madness going to stop?

  • guesty

    Anybody want to guess if Fernando Ortiz-Soto is here legally? Add in the driving without a license charge and my bet is illegal.

  • The Family of Coats, NC

    Please help Adam’s family come up with money to pay for his funeral and burial. For those of you that live in Coats, they are also taking donations at the T-Mart/BP. Keep them in your prayers.


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