11-year-old boy hit by SUV in front of Oak Ridge church during trunk-or-treat event identified

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OAK RIDGE, N.C. -- The 11-year-old boy in critical condition after being hit by an SUV in Oak Ridge on Friday night has been identified, according to a State Highway Patrol news release.

Noah Isaac Chambers, of Stokesdale,  was hit around 7 p.m. in front of Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 8424 Haw River Road.

Troopers at the scene said a group of kids was crossing Haw River Road when he was hit.

Chambers was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is currently in critical condition.

A trunk-or-treat event was happening at the church at the time.

His mother says Noah is a 6th grader at Rockingham County Middle School.

The principal of RCMS, Moriah Dollarhite, said:

"First and foremost, RCMS wants to respect the privacy of the family of Noah Chambers. We recognize this is a very difficult time. RCMS was so sad to receive the information that he had been involved in an accident. We have reached out to his family to let them know we are thinking of them. Our hearts go out to Noah and family at this time. RCMS is truly a family and I know our students will certainly want to extend their thoughts by making cards for the family on Monday. We will also have crisis counselors from our district crisis team available for students and they will be here as long as students need them. Our entire staff and school will continually keep Noah and his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Bethel United Methodist Church Pastor Leyton Alan Mears released a statement, saying:

“Our hearts and prayers are with Noah and his family. All of us at Bethel UMC are deeply saddened by this accident and the tragic turn of events. Our focus at this time is providing care and support for all those involved.”

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