Teen girl killed in Holly Springs crash; 1st of 3 Wake County deadly pedestrian collisions

Wake County News

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities now say that a teenage girl died in a pedestrian collision Wednesday afternoon in Holly Springs.

The 14-year-old girl was killed when she was hit by a vehicle on Highway 55 northbound in Holly Springs just before 5 p.m., officials said.

The collision occurred at Highway 55’s intersection with Teal Lake Drive, between Main Street and Ralph Stephens Road.

“I was afraid that maybe it could have been my daughter,” Kathleen Balding, a neighbor said.

It wasn’t, but for many it was personal. 

“I’m at the light and I see the lady running and it was her daughter and she goes to my son’s school. So it hurts,” Joe Marrero, a neighbor said.

Marrero said his children live with their mom on the other side of NC Highway 55. They frequently cross the road to get to his house. He took photos of the scene and plans to show them to his kids. 

“People here just drive real recklessly. It’s a concern with kids crossing the street here, walking and with bicycles. Its constant accidents happening here,” Marrero said.

Highway 55 was shut down in both directions but reopened around 7:30 p.m., a Holly Springs official said.

A witness told CBS 17 “it was a really bad scene.”

Mark Andrews, spokesman for Holly Springs police, said the girl darted into traffic and driver couldn’t stop in time. No charges are anticipated against the driver. 

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