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HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Police have charged a man after an unmanned construction truck rolled down a hill and killed a 5-year-old boy standing in his driveway.

The incident happened the day after Christmas in a subdivision that is still in the process of being built. An unmanned truck that was being loaded with dirt “became loose and rolled down the hill,” said Hillsborough spokeswoman Catherine Wright.

The truck rolled down a hill, snapped overhead power lines, and through several yards before crashing into the side of a house.

Several children were playing soccer in the driveway of the home before it was hit, and 5-year-old William Copeland was unable to get out of the way. He was struck by the truck and died from his injuries.

Police determined Alejandro Suarez was responsible for the truck and ensuring it was properly secured, and charged him with misdemeanor death by vehicle. He was booked into the Orange County Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.

“We will also be following up the investigation, looking at the mechanical condition of the vehicle and confirming all of the working relationships, regarding specifically which company the crew was working for,” said Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton.

Crescent Communities is listed as the developer for the subdivision and Tony Wilbert, a spokesperson for the company, issued the following statement:

“Crescent Communities is saddened by the accident and child’s death today at the Forest Ridge community in Hillsborough. The accident involved construction equipment operated by a contractor hired by one of the community’s homebuilders. Because Hillsborough police have charged another company’s employee in the death, Crescent cannot comment on the actual events or criminal case. We are closely monitoring the situation and cooperating with authorities. Crescent cannot express strongly enough our sympathies for the child’s family and friends.”

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  • AtheistPilgrim

    Seems like they should have at least investigated if it was a failure beyond his control before just arresting him. Maybe he did secure it properly and something failed that he secured it with that was beyond his knowledge.

  • sugarpie

    I’m guessing this guy is going through more turmoil in his own head than getting arrested will ever give him. You can “what if” all day long, but it won’t bring back this poor kid. I’m sure it could have been prevented, but this sounds like an unfortunate accident.

  • GGMon

    Yea here’s hoping they investigate further. I really do believe it was an accident

  • jansav

    Thats too sad. Poor family. RIP little guy.

  • This sounds like a terrible accident and unfortunately he will probably spend more time in jail than if he had been drunk and in the actual vehicle

  • This is my area. Surprised I hadn’t heard anything about it.

  • itsknotme

    Wheel chock this up as stupidity. I use one everyday day ’cause I don’t trust my 5 speed Ranger.

  • Vinnym1980

    Kids parents fault they should of taught to avoid trucks hurtling towards him.

  • Inferus

    Common sense was stripped out of the human genome years ago. Millennials are proof of that devolution.

  • Sejanus

    Hope they had the bestest Christmas ever…
    since every one they have now will be a reminder of the runaway mush machine

  • Ashley Shanks

    It’s absolutely disgusting that the law punishes people for misfortunate events such as these. Typical response is someone has to pay for this when it was no one’s fault.

  • sweetd

    First ppl bitch kids never play outside now they do and it’s a kindergarteners fault he got killed? Fuck off

  • Mazikeen666

    Omg ,sad for evryone involved, rip lil angel,wow kids jst playin look wat happens u never kno,????

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