A North Carolina man was charged with fatally hitting an 11-year-old girl as she reportedly tried to retrieve something she dropped in the road after crossing a highway with her younger brother, police said.
Daniel Deweese, 32, of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was charged with second-degree murder and felony death by vehicle in connection with the crash which killed Currituck County Middle School student Julie Randel on Aug. 30.
Randel died from her injuries on Sept. 8, according to OuterBanksVoice.com.
“On August 30 at 3:27 p.m., Julie and her brother were walking across the street after school,” the Randel family said in a statement to WTKR 3 News.
“Sadly she dropped something in the road and went to retrieve it. Unfortunately a car who was traveling too fast in the school zone hit her. The great people at CHKD in Norfolk did their best to save her life. Sadly. They could not. What they did do was give us time to create an opportunity to arrange to have Julie bestow gifts upon others through selfless donation. Julie took her last breath. And her heart beat for the last time at 7:50 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2021.”
Police said Deweese was traveling about 56 mph on the eastbound stretch of US 158 in front of the Currituck Middle and High School campuses in Braco, North Carolina. The speed limit in that area is 45 mph during non-school hours and 35 when the crash happened.
Authorities said Randel and her brother successfully crossed the road, but Julie went back to pick up something she dropped.
That’s when police said Deweese struck the girl. She was taken to the hospital, according to TheCoastLandTimes.com.
Deweese was initially charged with speeding in a school zone, driving while impaired, open container of alcohol possession, and having a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle. The second-degree murder and felony death by vehicle charges were added on Sept.10.