12-year-old walking home from school seriously injured after being hit by car in Cary

A 12-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle at about 3:30 p.m. on Harrison Avenue near Wyatt Pond Lane, Cary police said.

Northbound Harrison Avenue was closed between Dynasty Drive and Reedy Creek Road.

One of the girl’s friends, Kaylie Pepin told ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner, that the girl was walking home from Reedy Creek Middle School.

Their school bus is overcrowded, Pepin’s stepfather, Matt Dupree told the station.

“We live right there. We were uncomfortable with her crossing Harrison,” he said to ABC11. “So, we said ‘Ride the bus! Ride the bus!’ But she’s always telling me the buses are overcrowded, ‘I have to sit on the floor.’”

A Wake County Public Schools spokesperson told ABC11 there is no initial indication that any of the nine bus routes out of Reedy Creek are overcrowded.

No charges had been filed as of 1 p.m. according to a Cary Police Department spokesperson.

Police are still investigating the accident and had not released the name of the child or driver.

In 2017, 2,521 people suffered non-fatal injuries in collisions with motor vehicles, and North Carolina was ranked 16th in pedestrian fatality rates at 1.93 per 100,000 people, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The N&O has reported.

Ashad Hajela reports on public safety for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He studied journalism at New York University.