BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- It's a parent's biggest nightmare, losing a child. This became a reality Saturday afternoon in Supply when 4-year-old Jalen Jones was struck by a car after running into the street. Sergeant Matt Hardee of North Carolina Highway Patrol says the child was just crossing the street to play with his brothers. "The older boys were across the street playing basketball and Jalen, which is the 4 year old, attempted to cross the street to be with them and ran out in front of the car," says Hardee.
Jalen and his brothers were visiting their grandmother in Brunswick County when he was hit. Shortly after the accident, he was transported to Brunswick Community Hospital where he died. Authorities say, despite her attempts to avoid hitting Jalen, 33-year-old Aurelia Hewett was unable to avoid the impact. "She said she saw Jalen as he started to cross the street and immediately braked and she even crossed the center line to avoid hitting him and there was nothing she could do," says Hardee.
Authorities say Hewett was extremely overwhelmed after the accident and was transported to an area hospital where she was cleared of any physical injuries. Hewett was too distraught to be on camera, so her family released a statement to the Jones family saying quote, "Our prayers go out to the family. We've known them all our lives and we are praying for their strength in this hard time."
Sgt. Hardee says Hewett was driving the speed limit and will not face any charges. "It could have easily just been you or I going down the road and it's just something that you pray doesn't happen and our hearts go out to the families. For everybody involved. Ms. Hewett and the Jones family," says Hardee.
Funeral arrangements for Jalen have yet to be released.