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On May 2nd a one-year-old child was rushed to the hospital after being run over by a car in Sharpsburg, North Carolina (NC). According to the Police, the driver, Moses Blount, was backing out of a parking space at the Pine Grove Apartments when he heard people shouting and running to his car.

That is when Blount got out of his car to find he had accidentally run over a one-year-old toddler. Police say that at that point Blount was assaulted by a resident of the apartment complex. When authorities arrived at the scene they found a large crowd gathered around the site.

The toddler was flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital by helicopter. It was reported by local news WITN that the toddler was released from the hospital with five stitches and scrapes and bruises the next day. Michael Jones, 21, is accused of punching the driver, Moses Blount, in the mouth, and assaulting another bystander at the scene as well. Lawmen say Jones will be charged.

According to the National Safety Commission at least two children are killed each week and another 50 are hurt in back over accidents. Technology that could reduce the number of tragic deaths, such as rear cameras and audible warning sensors, are not considered safety equipment by automakers and are offered only as optional parking aids in most vehicles. It could be years before they become as commonplace as seat belts.

The accident in this small town could have easily been a fatal mistake by the driver that could have forever changed the lives of all those involved. Although this accident occurred in a small rural town in makes no difference. No town or person is immune to the potential of back over deaths or injury.

Sharpsburg is located between Rocky Mount and Wilson on Highway Highway 301. The Hamlet is located where Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties meet, and residents at the apartment complex live in all three counties. The accident was handled by the NC State Highway Patrol, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Sharpsburg Police Department and the Sharpsburg Fire Department.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY, who handle car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more.

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