Child struck by vehicle remains at Duke Medical Center
A 9-year-old boy, Terry James Padgett, is at Duke University Medical Center undergoing treatment after sustaining critical injuries when he was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. near his home.
A spokesperson at Duke said Terry was in fair condition Tuesday morning.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Terry was hit by a Ford pick-up truck driven by Terry Cantrell as Cantrell was traveling west on W. V. Thompson Road in rural Rutherfordton. Padgett ran southbound across the road and was hit.
The truck driver swerved to miss the child, but could not.
According to the highway patrol, Terry's sister, Celena Padgett, was with him when he was hit. One source said the siblings may have been going to the mailbox when the accident happened.
Terry was was flown to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville and later flown to Durham where he remains a patient at the medical center.
Terry and Celena are both students are third graders at Harris Elementary School.
No charges have been filed.
North Carolina Highway Patrolman Thad Condrey investigated the incident.
Terry Padgett is one of three elementary school age children who have sustained serious injuries in the past two weeks that have required hospitalization outside of Rutherford County.
Cliffside Elementary School second grader Chivonne Worthey, 6, is back at her Henrietta home after sustaining scratches and puncture wounds to her back and left arm after being bitten by a neighbor's bulldog/pitbull mix early last week. She transferred from Rutherford Regional Medical Center to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville where she underwent two surgeries.
Forrest Hunt Elementary School first grader, Rylan White, 6, is also home recovering from a lawnmower accident that occurred July 9 at his home in the Chase community. Rylan's fingers on his right hand were amputated when he apparently stumbled onto the lawnmower and his arm hit a belt. Doctors are optimistic about his recovery and said he will not lose his arm.