Kala Contracting Inc. of Apex was responsible for the truck and construction activity in a Hillsborough neighborhood where a 5-year-old boy was struck and killed by the vehicle Monday, according to a police report from the town obtained Thursday.
An arrest report for Alejandro Suarez, 28, of Angier, who is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in Everett Copeland’s death, shows that Suarez’s employer is Kala Contracting, of 7003 Churchill Falls Place in Apex. Suarez is accused of leaving the truck running unattended in the Forest Ridge subdivision and not effectively securing the parking brake.
Kala Contracting is listed as “suspended” by the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State’s website for failing to either file its annual report or pay taxes/fees as of Sept. 18. Carrie Ward is listed as the president of the company.
The statute says that a suspension means “any act performed or attempted to be performed while the entity is suspended is invalid and of no effect until the entity is reinstated by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.”
Calls for comment to Kala Contracting Inc. on Thursday were not returned.
Hillsborough town spokesman Jonathan Rickard said the exact nature of Suarez’s employment with the company had not been determined.
Everett Copeland, the 5-year-old boy, was outside on Dogwood Bloom Lane on Monday when the truck full of dirt rolled free, struck him and crashed into a house. Three 911 calls released after the incident revealed an emotional scene, including Everett’s mother comforting him while she waited for emergency crews to arrive and a neighbor who is a doctor performing CPR. Everett was taken to Duke University Medical Center, where he died.
Suarez has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. He made his first court appearance Wednesday and is set to appear in court again Jan. 9.