12-year-old boy struck & killed while walking along I-77 in Statesville

- A 12-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by a vehicle while walking along I-77 early Sunday morning in Statesville.

The NC Highway Patrol says the boy, who was staying at a nearby hotel in Statesville, snuck out of the room and stole a car that he later abandoned along the interstate.  He started to walk back toward the hotel when he was struck by a vehicle traveling in the northbound lanes shortly after 4 am.

The driver of the vehicle was not speeding or impaired and will not be charged in the crash.  It is illegal in North Carolina to walk along an interstate highway.


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