Wake County

Wake Forest boy struck by car remembered as ‘tender-hearted’

Linda Eddins watches children ride their bikes up Burlington Mills Road and onto Forestville Road most evenings, sometimes until it’s dark.

Eddins said she often tells them to be careful on Forestville Road, which has no sidewalks, shoulder or street lights. It leads to the Heritage community, one of Wake Forest’s largest residential areas.

“I didn’t like them riding in the road, especially at dusk,” said Eddins, who owns and operates Heritage Market on the corner. She said an accident seemed inevitable.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9-year-old Logan Thomas DeCosta fell off his bike on Forestville Road and was struck by a car, said State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker.

Logan’s family took him off of life support at Duke Children’s Hospital around 10 p.m. Thursday, said Stacy Rena’e Wright, Logan’s aunt.

The driver of the car, Denise Jolene Huffman, 31, of Fuquay-Varina will not be charged in the accident, Baker said.

Wright created a GoFundMe page Thursday to raise money for Logan’s family. By Friday afternoon, the campaign had raised nearly $2,000.

Logan had an 11-year old sister, Mikaya, and 6-year-old twin brothers, Marley and McKennon, Wright said.

She said the children’s father, Logan DeCosta Jr., is raising them as a single parent in a home around the corner from the intersection where Logan was struck.

Eddins said Logan visited Heritage Market frequently with Mikaya to get his favorite treat, a grape slushie.

‘Tender-hearted boy’

At Rolesville Elementary, Logan, a third-grader, was a well-mannered and kind student, according to his teacher, Chelsea McClusky.

“Logan was such a tender-hearted boy,” McClusky wrote in an email. “He always had such a sweet demeanor and such good manners. He was truly a gift from God for which we are eternally grateful.”

Logan loved to be outside and was especially fond of the beach, Wright said. He liked to include everyone he could in whatever he was doing.

“He just loved everyone,” Wright said. “He wanted everyone to have fun.”

At school, Logan was easily recognizable because he wore a Chicago Bulls hat every day, said Rolesville Elementary principal Dana Primiano.

“The Rolesville family will miss this sweet boy,” she said.

Second death in a week

Traffic at the intersection of Burlington Mills and Forestville roads has increased over the years, said Barry Eddins, Linda’s husband.

“Everybody’s in a big hurry,” he said.

During rush hour in the mornings and evenings, he said, it’s normal to see drivers run red lights, honk their horns or cut through the parking lot of his wife’s market to bypass the stoplight.

Logan was the second child struck and killed by a car in Wake County in one week.

Paul Dang Pham, 9, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle May 5 with his family in Cary.

Community members have raised more than $40,000 for Paul’s family.

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Want to help?

To donate to the family of Logan Thomas DeCosta, go to www.gofundme.com/luv4logan.

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