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Sledding child struck by car

January 11, 2011

A child was struck by a car Tuesday as he was sledding across the street near his home.
James Caleb Mull, 13, of Vale, was sledding near his house on Gracie Lane about 10:40 a.m.
Mull slid north down a hill and crossed Gracie Lane, where he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on the road, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper B.L. Buchanan.
Mull slid under the left rear wheel of the vehicle, which was a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Charles Richard Crater, 63, of Newton.
Buchanan said Crater was traveling about 10 mph at the time of the crash. The speed limit on Gracie Lane is 45 mph.
"The road was covered in ice and snow," Buchanan said. "It's one of those secondary roads that hasn't been scraped yet."
Mull was transported from the scene by ambulance to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Buchanan said Mull sustained injuries to his right leg. A paramedic on the scene told Buchanan he thought Mull's leg might be broken, but Buchanan couldn't confirm that report.
Buchanan said Mull was the only child sledding at the time, and only one sled was found at the scene.
Mull's injuries are non life-threatening, and there was no reported damage to Crater's truck.
Buchanan said no charges will be filed in the incident.

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