Fourteen-year-old Jaden Slade died on January 17 after being fatally hit by a car in Charlotte, North Carolina. The teenager was struck while making his way through an intersection on his bike.
Twenty-year-old Dorriel Campbell, who witnessed the accident, said he tried to warn the teen but it was too late. Slade died in a local hospital.
The crash occurred at the junction of Freedom Drive and Berryhill Road. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the other vehicle involved was a 2004 Honda Accord. The elderly driver was the sole occupant and did not suffer any injuries.
Preliminary investigations indicate that Slade stopped at a red light on Berryhill Road with the intention of crossing Freedom Drive. Police said the driver of the Honda had the green light as he was going northwest on Freedom Drive and nearing the intersection with Berryhill Road.
The driver reported that Slade pulled out in front of him and he couldn’t avoid the crash. The unnamed man stopped right away and stayed on the scene until officers arrived. Police said it didn’t appear that he was impaired or speeding. He is not facing charges.
Slade was reportedly using a crosswalk but the signal indicated that he should not cross.
Director of the Charlotte Bike Camp for Kids, Bethanie Johnson, said Freedom Drive was not safe for pedestrians, cyclists or drivers since people use it “like it’s a highway”.
Investigations into Sunday’s crash are still ongoing. If you’ve been hit by a car in Charlotte or involved in a crash that you believe was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to a North Carolina car accident lawyer for help in building a case.