A man has been charged in the death of a five-year-old boy who was hit by a construction truck in Hillsborough on Monday when the unmanned vehicle rolled down a hill.
The boy was standing in a driveway in the Forest Ridge subdivision off U.S. 70-A when he was hit, said Hillsborough spokeswoman Catherine Wright. The name of the boy was not released, but Wright said he lived on the street.
Hillsborough police charged Alejandro Suarez, of 287 Spider Lily Lane in Angier, with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
The truck was being loaded with dirt when it “became loose and rolled down the hill,” Wright said. The truck damaged landscaping at several properties in the subdivision, which is still under construction, before striking the boy and the house at 205 Dogwood Bloom Lane.
Police responded to the 200 block of Dogwood Bloom Lane after a 911 call at 12:56 p.m. Monday and determined that Suarez was responsible for controlling the truck. He was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.
“At this point, we don’t believe the vehicle was properly secured,” said Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton. “We will also be following up the investigation, looking at the mechanical condition of the vehicle and confirming all of the working relationships, regarding specifically which company the crew was working for.”
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