Accident report reveals new details in death of HPU student; parents speak out

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The parents of Mario Mayorga, the High Point University sophomore who was hit and killed on Business 85 Friday, said they'll never fully recover. But their recovery isn't being made any easier as they struggle with questions about what happened leading up to his death.

Nelly Vera and Mario Mayorga Sr., the parents of the 19-year-old, said they will never have peace, but will take comfort once they know the full story.

An accident report by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety provides new details. It said Mayorga was in the far right lane of traffic on Business 85 near the Groometown Road exit when he was hit by a pickup truck.

The report said troopers suspect Mayorga had alcohol in his system.

Representatives from Blue Bird Taxi said one of their drivers picked up Mayorga from downtown Greensboro early Friday morning, but before they could get him to HPU, he exited the cab on Business 85 near where he was ultimately hit.

Blue Bird workers said the driver tried to get him back in the cab, but he refused.

Initially, the taxi company said the driver called 911 at that time, but later said she did not.

Holding back tears, Nelly Vera, Mayorga's mother, said she last spoke with her son at 10:27 p.m. Thursday.

She said she texted and called him later that night, and when he didn't immediately respond, she knew something was wrong.

Vera said she and her husband were already on the way to High Point when they got the news that their son had died.

Troopers said Mayorga may not have been immediately killed upon impact with the truck. He was officially pronounced dead once in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

The driver who hit Mayorga is not facing charges. The accident report said he did not have alcohol in his system, and that troopers believe he was going the speed limit.

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