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Pedestrian hit, killed by car on Carolina Beach Road

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WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) -- A 15-year-old boy was killed Saturday night when he was hit by a vehicle on Carolina Beach Road.

Jeremy Martin, 42, was driving in the southbound lane near Mike's Mulch and Stone at about 10 p.m. when Joseph Rutherford jumped into the lane, where Martin's SUV struck him.

"The driver just didn't see him," said Sgt. C.K. Parks of the NC Highway Patrol.

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Don't be so quick to judge family...

Mrs. Croom,
I was Joseph's half brother (we both had the same mom). Although we were brothers, I did not see him very often. I was raised by my grandparents my whole life. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't understand and appreciate just how fortunate I was to be brought up in a good home. I graduated from Ashley high school top 10 in my class, graduated from UNCW summa cum laude (3.9 GPA or higher) with a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training, passed the board examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer, and now am living in Atlanta working on my master's degree in sports medicine. I have never experimented with drugs or had an alcoholic beverage, and I am 23 years old. I like to joke around and say i'm the only person in or from Carolina Beach that can say that (which probably isn't far from the truth) But, for me, I can place much of the success I've had so far in life to the fact that I had a great upbringing. I had a loving family that was always there to support me in everything I ever did.

Unfortunately, for my brother, the same can not be said for him. He grew up in a broken household. His mother and father did not live together and hated each other, to say the least. Not to try and make excuses for his actions, but he lived a tough life. I don't condone any of the things he did, however, as unfortunate as it is for me to say, it's not surprising that it happened.

Although I did not see him very often, every time I did I tried to be a positive influence on his life. I told him how he was making bad decisions and that he could ultimately pay a big risk for them. Every time I saw him I stressed the importance of doing well in school and doing the right things. I probably had the conversations with him 10 times over the past 2 or 3 years, but he just never took it to heart. So the statement you made about someone needing to do an intervention upsets me quite a bit, because I tried. I tried a lot. Now that this unfortunate situation has taken place I wish I could have done even more. Maybe spent more time with him, maybe been more of an influence in his life..but now it doesn't really matter. He was a lost soul on this earth. And as sad it is to know that his life was taken at an early age, I know that he is in a MUCH better place than he ever was here.

Question

Why was a 15 year old boy out walking the street at that hour of the night? Parents should be charged.

obviously this person does

obviously this person does not have any teens... and just like any person - you can raise them and teach them - but you cannot control anyone - parents might not even known that the boy was out of the house. YOU uncompassionate person should not judge.. Judge not least thee be judged!!

Wilmington doesn't enforce a

Wilmington doesn't enforce a city-wide curfew for underage minors, therefore, parents could not be charged. Now, they just have to live with the fact that they so carelessly let their kid wander off at night and now he's gone.

You should show more respect

You should show more respect to the loss of this young life and be more sensitive to those grieving. Shame on you.

You need to

Mind your own buisiness lady

Ruterford boys death by auto on Carolina beach rd

This is so unfortunate this was a very troubled young man. His you tube video is very disturbing, he exposed himself and other teens doing drugs. It hurts my heart that so many teens are on this track. Why couldn't someone in his family do intervention on him? Now his life is over , the family and friends see what drugs can do and the driver of the vehicle must live with a tragedy he could not prevent.. My prayer is that some eyes were opened to what this behavior produces. It's never anything good. Parents please be part of your children's life and be a Godly example.