Second child dies after being hit at crossing

From Staff ReportsApril 5, 2008 

— A 7-year-old boy died Thursday, a day after he and his older brother were struck while crossing a busy North Raleigh intersection. The older brother died Wednesday.

Basil Shahin, 7, and his brother Kaled, 9, were crossing Falls of Neuse Road at Spring Forest Road with their mother and sister about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said the mother, holding the boys by their hands, stopped in front of vehicles waiting in the left-turn lane.

But the boys kept walking and were struck by a 1992 Toyota 4Runner going south on Falls of Neuse Road. Their sister had made it across the street. Police have not released the names of the mother and the sister.

The driver of the Toyota was not cited.

According to the police report, a "do not walk" sign was activated for pedestrians on that crosswalk. The accident was a block from the family's home at 6323 New Market Way.

A wreath adorned with white carnations sits atop a hill near the intersection, a tribute from employees at the nearby Flowerama florist shop.

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