No charges will be filed against the woman who was involved in a fatal traffic accident Tuesday with a child on a bike in Cary, Cary police said.
Paul Pham, 9, was biking near Southeast Maynard Road about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck by a Lexus SUV driven by Deborah Brown, 49.
Brown had the right of way and was driving slowly on Maple Avenue, the main road of the mobile home park where Pham lived, according to a police report. According to the report, Brown was driving 12 mph when Pham failed to yield and rode his bike in front of Brown’s car, giving her no time to react.
Pham was wearing a helmet. He was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he later died, according to Cary police.
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Police said neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the accident.
“After looking at this terrible event from every angle, we’re confident that this was simply a terrible, terrible accident,” Lt. Steve Wilkins, who leads the Cary Police Department’s traffic safety team, said in a news release.
Cary police said the decision not to file any charges was made after an investigation of the accident and consultation with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.
Pham lived on South Lake Street in the mobile home park. Brown lives on White Sands Drive, also in Cary. She wasn’t injured.
“As folks in our community mourn Paul’s passing, we want citizens to recommit to paying close attention so that bicycles and cars can safely share the streets,” Wilkins said in the release.