5-year-old girl hit by truck in Thomasville

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A 5-year-old girl from Thomasville is in the hospital and critically injured after she ran into traffic and was hit by a pickup truck Monday night, according to police.

The crash happened on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Marsh Street around 9:15 p.m.

According to police, the 5-year-old was walking with two adults when she broke away from them and ran into the road.

Police say the driver of the pickup truck couldn’t stop in time. The driver hit the child at about 37 mph; the speed limit is 35 mph.

The truck carried the child for about 62 feet before it could stop.

Neighbors and people driving by poured out to the street trying to help.

“She wasn’t moving, so when I got there, [a neighbor] and I both cradled her and wouldn’t move her, because the more she tried to move, the more she started moaning,” said Makeba Gregg, who stopped to help. “And there was a neighbor standing by who said, ‘I’ve got 911 on the phone.'”

Other witnesses consoled the girl’s family until EMS arrived.

“I just said, ‘Let us handle this,'” Gregg said. “Based on the injuries, I didn’t think that’s something a mother would want to see their child, because the mother was really, really upset and frantic and concerned for her child.”

According to police, the child is expected to survive. She’s listed in critical but stable condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Police say the driver will not face charges in this case.