A 7-year-old boy was struck and killed Monday night as he walked along Darius Pearce Road in Franklin County, the State Highway Patrol said. Now an online fund has been set up to raise money for his funeral expenses.
Ronnie Tanner Vick of Youngsville was walking west when a 1997 Buick driven by Alix Feild, 29, also of Youngsville, came from behind him, troopers said.
The Buick kept moving after hitting Vick, and troopers said they found it and Feild “a short distance down the roadway.”
The GoFundMe was set up on behalf of Vick’s parents to raise money for his funeral expenses. In one day, the fund had raised nearly $5,000 toward its $8,000 goal and 68 people had donated.
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“A precious little boy, who brought so much joy to his mom and dad, was tragically taken from this world on Jan. 16, 2017,” the GoFundMe said. “Ronnie ‘Tanner’ Vick will always be known for his contagious smile and his love of fun and family. He joined us in this life journey for seven short years, but in those years he made the world a few shades brighter.”
Vick was a student at Bunn Elementary School, said Franklin County Schools spokesman Patrick Glace.
“The loss of any student – especially a young child – is unfathomably difficult,” Glace said in an emailed statement. “As a district, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vick family, and we will continue to do everything we can to support them and our school community.”
Guidance counselors at Bunn Elementary have made plans to respond to the emotional needs of students, and district staff members will be available as needed to provide additional support, Glace added.
Franklin County deputies charged Feild with DWI, according to ABC11. Accident investigators were working with the county district attorney’s office to determine if additional charges should be filed, a Highway Patrol spokesman, Tpr. Chad Summerlin, said Tuesday.