GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — A Piedmont man was hit by a car while walking his dog.
It happened on Monday on Bethel Street in Gibsonville.
Kyle Everett was walking his dog, Nala, along the side of the road. A loud truck spooked her while they were crossing the street, and she froze.
Unfortunately, she stopped in the middle of the street. Everett said he saw a car coming down the hill.
“I’m waving my hand like, ‘Stop,’ and I’m trying to get her, and I look back up and I’m like, ‘She’s not stopping,’ so I just grabbed her and pretty much braced for impact,” Everett said.
The driver hit Everett and Nala hard.
“She didn’t even attempt to slow down. She hit us, then she stepped on the brakes. I was laying there. I was hurt too, bad,” Everett said.
Nala ran away as the driver stopped.
“I was like, ‘How did you not see me? What are you going to do, just blow through the stop sign? Because you had to stop for the stop sign.’ She didn’t even slow down,” Everett said.
Everett’s fiancée Sherika Jones got a call from an unknown number that night. A witness told her Everett had been hit.
“I saw Kyle laying in the road, and I jumped out of my car,” Jones said. “I thought he was dead until I got to him. I could hear him screaming.”
“I messed my hip up,” Everett said. “Some internal injuries to my hip. My back was hurting pretty good.”
Nala was later found back at the house with her leg split open.
“Just pay attention to your surroundings and pedestrians walking. And just slow down,” Everett cautioned.
Fortunately, both will make a full recovery. Everett urges drivers to pay attention.
“I’m just glad to be here. I’m glad Nala’s alright because I could’ve jumped out of the way. I just can’t see my dog get flattened,” Everett said.
Gibsonville police said the driver who hit Everett has not been charged. The accident is still being investigated.