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May 10, 2013

6-year-old boy hit, killed by car (UPDATED)

Child was 1st grade student at Cullman Primary

A six-year-old boy riding his bicycle was hit and killed by an SUV late Thursday evening in a Cullman suburb.

Jeremiah Harville, a first grade student at Cullman Primary School, died from injuries sustained in the crash at the intersection of Timberlane Drive and Briarwood Lane in the Carroll Acres subdivision. The call was reported at approximately 5:15 p.m. Harville was struck by a 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Shannon King, of Cullman.

“The boy just did not see the car and the driver did not have time to react,” Cullman assistant police chief Craig Green said.

According to eye-witness accounts, Harville and some other children were riding their bicycles down a driveway that leads into the road.

“It’s just a tragic accident, and we had three witnesses that saw what happened,” Sgt. Jeff Warnke said. “All three confirmed the children had rode their bikes down a steep driveway.”

After the accident, the child was reportedly transferred to Cullman Regional Medical Center, where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

“Our thoughts and prayers are not only with Jeremiah’s family, but with the driver of the car and her family, as well,” Green said.

As news of the accident spread late Thursday night, Cullman City School officials met to map out a response to help students cope with the tragedy. The administration had counselors meet with students in a classroom setting, where they helped explain the situation and allowed students to write letters to the boy’s family.

“This is just the worst thing that can happen,” Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris said. “ [Principal] Ms. [Tricia] Culpepper has done an excellent job to support our children in this time of mourning. We’re all just so close knit, this tragedy affected more than just the primary school ... At the primary school, one of the students asked to say a prayer, and all his little classmates stood up and led a prayer for the family.”

Ministers from Desperation Church responded to the hospital to provide counseling and support for the family.

Ashley Graves contributed to this report.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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