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Child hit by car treated and released

Published: 6:00 PM, 06/27/2013 Last updated: 6:01 PM, 06/27/2013

Author: By Capt. Aaron Miller
Source: The Blowing Rocket

A child was struck in the roadway by a vehicle on Friday, June 21.

According to the accident report, an 8-year-old child ran out from between parked vehicles on Sunset Drive and was struck by a 1999 Nissan driven by Ashley Nicole Cooper of Blowing Rock.

The accident occurred just before 3 p.m. on June 21.

Paramedics from Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue and Watauga Medics also responded to the scene.

The child was transported to the Watauga Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Deyton Turpin, the investigating officer, said Cooper and a witness stated that the child came out from between parked vehicles and that Cooper had no time to react.
No charges were filed in the incident.

This incident is a reminder that good pedestrians must remember to use good safety practices.

Pedestrian rules to remember are:

- Always cross in a marked cross walk or at a corner.

- If traffic signals are present, cross with the green light.

- When walking on a street with no sidewalks, pedestrians should walk against traffic.

- Wear reflective clothing when walking after dark.

- Look both ways before crossing and never assume that vehicles will yield.

A second traffic accident was investigated on June 22.

The accident occurred on Valley Boulevard at Greenhill Road.

According to the report, a 2008 Toyota driven by Brian Robert Gleason of Charlotte pulled out in front of another vehicle.

The second vehicle, a 2001 Chevy, driven by Merle Wayne Cooke of Hudson was unable to avoid a collision and struck Gleason’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported, and damage to the vehicles was estimated at $1,500 each.

Daniel Brandon Hedgecock, 32, of Blowing Rock was arrested on June 17 following a traffic stop on Valley Boulevard.

Hedgecock was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear. He was also charged with driving while license revoked.

Hedgecock was held at the Watauga County Jail on a $1,000 secured bond.

Other incidents last week included a lost wallet reported on June 17 and a harassing phone call incident reported on June 18.

An intoxicated person was picked up on Valley Boulevard on June 22. The man was found stumbling down the highway. He was transported to the Watauga County Jail to be held until sober.

Fourteen citations were issued last week. Charges included expired registration, failure to wear seat belts, driving while license revoked, failure to stop for a stop sign, failure to stop for a red light, failure to wear a seat belt and no operator’s license.

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