STATESVILLE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - 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.